Steven’s 365th run hits £10,000 charity target

Steven Johnson, running for Cystic Fibrosis
Steven Johnson, running for Cystic Fibrosis

More than 100 runners joined Steven Johnson on the 365th and final run of his year-long charity challenge.

Father-of-two Steven (41) a business consultant who lives at Whalley, pledged to run five miles every day for one year – whatever the weather – to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis trust.

Supporters joined him for one last fund-raising run, from Foxfields, Billington, to the riverside and back, and helped add to his total of £10,000, which he reached the day before the last run.

The total now stands at around £10,500, with more still to come from the last run.

Amelia Dickinson – the Whalley girl who inspired the challenge – along with her family, gave out medals to everyone who took part.

Sophie Holgate and family – another Whalley girl with CF -– set up a water station before the final ascent back to the finish line.

When Steven was 270 days into his challenge, he suffered a bad calf injury when left him unable to run, but he made up for it by rowing five miles on a machine every day for more than three weeks at Oakhill Academy gym, Whalley.

His daily solo runs gave rise a Monday running club, called Running4CF, now with about two dozen regular runners all raising cash for the CF Trust.

Steven said: “I want to thank all the runners who ran on the final day and all the other Mondays, and especially Garry Wilkinson, who’s a sports therapist and coach. When he got involved, that’s when things really took off.”

A Running4CF celebration social will be held on Saturday September 19th at the Foxfields Hotel, Billington. Tickets are £25, available from steve@running4cf.co.uk