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

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