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Runner completes 200 mile challenge in only one month for toddler who has diabetes

Runner completes 200 mile challenge in only one month for toddler who has diabetes

by Henry James (August 2021)

A SKELMERSDALE runner completed an incredible 200 mile challenge in only one month to raise money for a work colleague’s two-year-old son, who has Type One Diabetes.

Joe McCormick, 58, who works for West Lancashire Borough Council, ran six miles every day and eight miles on Saturday and Sundays throughout July.

Joe organised the fundraiser for two-year-old Harvey, who is the son of his work colleague Stephen Duckworth.

The event has already raised £1,110. The money collected is going to the Children’s Diabetes Team at Ormskirk Hospital.

Joe said: “We wanted to raise as much awareness as possible for this great cause.”

On the last day (Saturday, July 31) Joseph completed a half marathon. All runs started on or before 4am every day, then Joseph went to work.

He added: “I used the Strava app so all my runs showed on the JustGiving page and go straight to Stephen’s phone so all the data was recorded.

“I have ran marathons in the past, but this was another level to what I have ever done before.”

Harvey was diagnosed in November 2020 with Type 1 diabetes and has been under the care of Ormskirk Hospital’s Children’s Diabetes team ever since.

Dad Stephen added: “From the moment he was diagnosed, the help and support Ormskirk Hospital have provided has been phenomenal.

“Joe is a work colleague of mine and upon my return to work and hearing about Harvey's diagnosis, Joe very kindly decided he was going to do his charity run this year (he does one every year for all sorts of great causes) for Harvey.

“Joe went above and beyond in not only his target but his generosity also, donating money himself and also getting the message out there.

“We thank each and every one of you who donated and or helped spread the message and raise awareness of diabetes, you all have made a difference.”

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