Mick Sheehan, owner of at-home care company Home Instead Senior Care in Oldham and Saddleworth, successfully completed the Lakeland 50 endurance event last weekend, raising a fantastic £1218 for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Despite suffering a knee injury, Mick completed the challenge in an impressive time of 15 hours and 16 minutes.
Mick, who ran the gruelling race with friends Gaz Dean and Frank Buckley, presented the hospice with a large cheque on Tuesday. Lisa Pearson, fundraising manager, who was participating in Dr Kershaw’s ‘Wear a Wig Day’, was delighted to receive the cheque which will help the hospice to continue their work providing palliative care to terminally ill people.
Mick said: “Our training meant we were well prepared for how tough it was. We had a good start but I then picked up a knee injury about halfway round which meant that we got a bit slower. We managed to press on and finish with a great time, and it was a fantastic feeling crossing the line. I've managed to exceed my fundraising target which is great news, as it all goes to help Dr Kershaw’s Hospice continue their excellent work.”
The punishing Lakeland 50 race is one of the toughest running and walking challenges in the world. It runs for almost double the length of a marathon over steep and rough terrain. Runners continue overnight, stopping occasionally at specially designated rest stops to refuel. The race has a 24 hour time limit with cut off deadlines at the various checkpoints on route to the finish.
Mick, Gaz and Frank would like to say a huge thank you to all who sponsored them. If you’d still like to donate it’s not too late www.justgiving.com/micksheehan