Charity runner Paul thanks Whitby supporters

Paul Suggitt pictured with Dave Walls
Paul Suggitt pictured with Dave Walls

A Hartlepool man completed a 45-mile run to Whitby last Saturday as part of training towards an effort to raise funds for a childhood cancer charity.

Paul Suggitt is taking on a phenomenal challenge which will see him cover 10,000 miles in 2017, the equivalent of a marathon distance every day, in aid of the Chris Lucas Trust.

Last weekend saw the latest leg of training for the “Walk,Run, Ride” challenge, as Paul completed 45 miles from Hartlepool to Whitby in one day, finishing at The Angel Hotel for a well earned pint.

“It’s all about spirit,” Paul told The Whitby Gazette.

“The people of Whitby made me proud on Saturday, their spirit and support was incredible. I had some dark moments on the journey, at times my legs were shaking and it was just the community spirit that got me through.”

Paul, pictured, received remarkable backing from various members of the public throughout the run, including the offer of bacon butties from passers-by, and the company of Dave Walls, who had just finished a night shift but accompanied Paul on his run for around 20 miles.

Paul wears a distinctive hat as part of the challenge, which provokes passers-by to stop him and ask what he is doing, all of which helps raise awareness for his chosen charity.

He said: “I hope what I’m doing inspires others to go out and do a run.”

Paul intends to cover a portion of his 10,000 miles using Whitby as a base.

He said: “I love Whitby, I have relatives down there so I intend to use the place as a bit of a hub for the challenge. This current phase is about seeing how far I can push myself - the pain is worth it for such a fantastic cause. It also inspires others to come out with me and challenge themselves.”

Paul’s chosen charity, The Chris Lucas Trust, offers hope to children and teenagers with

cancer by fundraising to provide research into rhabdomyosarcoma.

To donate text

WRRP17 £5 to 70070 and follow the challenge on Facebook and Twitter @wrrchallenge