A Whalley man has been running five miles every single day since September 1st – and he plans to continue to do so for an entire year to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Steven Johnson (40), who works as a sustainability consultant, and Betty, his whippet dog, will be marking their 100th run with 117 other people and some of their dogs.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition and only half the people with it live to celebrate their 40th birthday. It causes the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, to become clogged with mucus, resulting in chronic infections and lung inflammation.
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 13-year-old daughter, Amelia, and her family are faced with each day due to her living with cystic fibrosis.
Steven said: “I’m overwhelmed by the support Betty and I are getting for this challenge. It seems to be really capturing people’s imaginations, which is helping raise awareness of cystic fibrosis as well funds to find better treatments.
“I was determined to get 100 runners to join me on the 100th run, but that figure is now looking more like 150!”
Gemma Walder, North-West regional fundraising manager for the charity, 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. Steven’s fund-raising comes at a time when the Trust is marking its 50th year, but we’re not celebrating and instead redoubling our efforts. We are hoping that with fundraising challenges like this, we can fund research into better treatment.”
l Anyone wanting to help Steven achieve his target of raising £1,000 can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/1865miles/
Steven and Betty’s progress can be followed through Facebook by searching for Running4CF, which also gives information about their 100th run.