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29 May 2020 Community

Clocking up the miles during Covid-19

Now four and a half years into his epic running challenge, Andy Wright, of Mirfield, is only months away from completing his 5,000-mile target and has raised almost £10,000 for Kirkwood! Even during the coronavirus pandemic, Andy hasn’t let anything stand in his way and has continued clocking up the miles.  

You may recognise running enthusiast and Kirkwood Ambassador, Andy Wright, who for the last five years has been on a mission to run 5,000 miles in five years for Kirkwood Hospice. 

Andy had an initial target of raising £5,000 for Kirkwood, but he quickly exceeded this, he’s now only a few hundred pounds away from raising an incredible £10,000 - and he would love your help in reaching his goal. 

Since starting his challenge in October 2015, Andy has run both socially and solo, and has always had the continued support from his friends, family and colleagues, even the most recent addition to his family – Barney the Cockapoo! 

Andy racing around the Park Run with his Cockapoo, Barney (photo taken before the coronavirus pandemic).

Andy with a few of his running companions.

 

When asking Andy why he chose to take on this challenge for Kirkwood, he said: “I've witnessed first-hand the amazing work the staff there do - it really is the most incredible place, and when I was looking for a long term goal incorporating something to do with keeping fit and fundraising, Kirkwood was the obvious place; I'm now also an Ambassador for Kirkwood, and I want to continue to raise their profile in communities across Kirklees and beyond.” 

Since the current lockdown was announced, Andy has had to get used to running alone and has been working extra hard to make sure he continues to clock up his miles to reach his 5,000-mile target before the end of this year.  

Andy said: “Covid-19 has not derailed me from the Kirkwood 5,000 challenge, it has just made it a little bit boring. My running normally tends to be a mixture of solo and social. I still managed to run around 90 miles in April, under lockdown conditions, I just had to do them all on my own and set off from my own front door every time. 

Andy getting ready to set off on one of his runs!

 

“Although most charity events have now been cancelled, my challenge still continues, and I am determined to keep going for Kirkwood. There are lots of ways people can still get involved to support their local cause virtually, such as running challenges.” 

Now coming to the end of his 242nd consecutive week of running an average of 20 miles, Andy has completed 656 runs and can now see the finish line with only 204 miles to go before completing his challenge. 

If you would like to support Andy’s running challenge, you can do so by clicking here

You can also follow Andy’s journey on social media... 

Facebook: @Kirkwood5000

Twitter: @andy5000miles 

Andy pictured at a 30k cross country running event in Sweden last year

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