After running over 1,000 miles this year alone and raising over £15,000 for charity, Morley’s Marathon Man is giving his running shoes a rest - for now!
Craig Whiteley has had a very busy year, jetting off to take part in marathons in Paris, Berlin and finally New York this year, as well as fitting in seven half marathons and four 10K runs.
For the past few years, Craig has been raising money for St Gemma’s Hospice, which cares for and support terminally ill patients and their families - a charity very close to his heart.
It was there his good friend John Smith passed away after his battle with cancer.
Wanting to raise as much money as possible for such a great cause, which relies on donations to keep caring for its patients, Craig completed the Great North Run earlier this year in just over one hour, finishing 1,188th out of 50,000 runners.
Last year he took part in the London Marathon on April 13, completing the gruelling run in three hours, 25 minutes. But he didn’t give his feet too much time to rest, as just a week later he flew over to America to join thousands of others in the Boston Marathon on April 21, finishing in three hours 57 minutes.
He even ran the Leeds Half Marathon at the weekend, crossing the finish line in one hour 36 minutes.
Craig said: “I am overwhelmed by people’s generosity.
“I received over £3,000 in sponsorship for New York, most of which I have now collected so I am looking forward to taking that cheque to St Gemma’s Hospice again.
“I have now raised over £15,000 for them and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to help me hit that amount.”f
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