Schoolboy completes running challenge for cancer charity

A Harby teenager has raised more than £2,500 for a cancer charity by running 10km a day for two weeks.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 4:40 pm
Harby teenager Jonathan Hedley, who raised more than £2,500 for a cancer charity by running 10km a day for two weeks EMN-210803-163605001
Harby teenager Jonathan Hedley, who raised more than £2,500 for a cancer charity by running 10km a day for two weeks EMN-210803-163605001

Jonathan Hedley, of Harby, was inspired to take on the gruelling challenge by a close relative who suffers from the disease.

The sponsorship proceeds from his runs, which totalled well over 100km, will go to Neuroendocrine Cancer UK.

He said: “I have a close relative who suffers from this horrible cancer and I know they often suffer in silence and hide the pain.

“It feels amazing to know that I’ve managed to raise more than £2,500, which will go towards helping to care for families who have this cancer and finding new treatments.”

He ran different rural routes from his home and through the Vale of Belvoir in variable weather conditions.

Despite being a keen golfer and hockey player, he found the endurance test of running distances every day quite tough.

“The challenge was tough at the start as I did no training but as it progressed it got easier,” said Jonathan, who is a GCSE student at Oakham School.

“It was difficult to get out and run in the cold, but with lots of great support from friends and family I was motivated to go out for my runs.”

Go to www.gofund.me/b7a6be2d if you would like to sponsor him.