Eight-year-old Jude completes 24 hour running charity challenge

Eight-year-old Jude completes 24 hour running charity challenge

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

An eight-year-old from Litherland ran 2.2 miles, every two hours for 24 hours as part of a charity challenge on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.  

Jude Bretherton started the 24 hour event on Good Friday, April 2, at 4pm and finished just after 2pm on Easter Saturday with the total miles reaching 26.4 – more than a marathon. 

Jude raised just over £1,500 towards the restoration of the Chaffers running track at Rimrose Valley. 

Jude is a junior member of the Marsh Lane Harriers based in north Liverpool. He said: “Because of Covid all my sports have been stopped. Since joining the Harriers it’s become my new hobby and allowed me to enjoy a sport with my dad and make my own targets.

“I did this because the Harriers have supported me through this lockdown and I wanted to give them something back.”

Jude’s dad Graham Bretherton said: “We are so proud of everything Jude has achieved. The event was a tough task for him – and me – but he was so determined to get it done and the immense support he received from his family and the Harriers really helped to carry him through. 

“Jude’s always been on the go and I didn’t want him losing that energy he has. He’s really surprised me with how he’s taken to running and proud is an understatement.

“The Harrier community has supported his running. Coach Michael Powell and chairman John Carragher have helped too, which has been key to Jude loving it so much.”

Marsh Lane Harriers coach Michael Powell said: “Everyone at the Harriers has been really impressed with Jude’s progress as a runner.   When he offered to help raise funds for the track we were thrilled. He’s done so well. To keep going every couple of hours is some achievement. 

“The amount of money he raised is really fantastic and his family must be so proud of him. We are delighted to have such an impressive young man as part of the club.”

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