Whalley man’s 200th run for cystic fibrosis charity

Steven Johnson with Betty and his supporters
Steven Johnson with Betty and his supporters
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A Whalley man who has been running five miles every single day since September 1st, 2014, recently marked his 200th run.

Steven Johnson (40), who works as a sustainability consultant, plans to continue running for an entire year to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

On March 19th, Steven and Betty, his Whippet dog, celebrated their 200th run. Steven has been running for 40 minutes a day, fitting the challenge around his daily routine. His motivation comes from knowing the struggles his friend’s daughter, Amelia Dickinson (13), and her family are faced with each day due to her living with cystic fibrosis.

Steven says he is determined to get as many people involved in the 200th run as possible: “It’s been tough running every single day, but it is definitely worth it to raise money and awareness to help beat cystic fibrosis.”

Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition – only half live to celebrate their 40th birthday. It causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust Community Development and Fund-raising Manager, Linda Alexander said: “The challenge Steven has set himself is one which demonstrates great tenacity and we are grateful for his efforts in raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. “It is amazing he has reached his 200th run.”

Anyone wanting to help Steven achieve his target of raising £10,000 can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/1865miles. Steven and Betty’s progress can be followed through Facebook by searching for “Running4CF”.