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Steven’s triple marathon effort raises thousands for local charity
Thursday 31st May 2018 @ 15:49 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw Droylsden News Tameside

A Droylsden man has his sight set on the Tour of Tameside after running three marathons in just six weeks for a local charity.

Steven Woodbridge has completed the Greater Manchester, London and Liverpool marathons this year, all in aid of Elliott’s Trust, a charity set up in memory of Elliott Fernandez, the 19-year-old from Denton who passed away after a battle with cancer in January 2017.

Steven’s medal collection after running three marathons in six weeks.

After never running a marathon before his efforts in Manchester on April 8th, Steven completed the challenge on May 20th in Liverpool after his toughest race yet.

“I feel the marathons got harder and I definitely found Liverpool the hardest,” he said. “I think it’s more to do with the fact it takes your body so long to recover from a marathon so doing three in such a short period of time was tough. My favourite marathon out of the three was London.”

Steven’s marathon task has raised more than £1300 for Elliott’s Trust, which isn’t bad considering he set a much smaller target!

Steven acknowledges his support in Manchester

The Account Manager, who now lives in Stockport, said: “I set myself a target of £500 so to raise just short of three times that is amazing and I know Elliott’s Trust will really appreciate it. It’s been a pleasure raising funds for them.”

Elliott’s mother and founder of Elliott’s Trust, Beverley Fernandez, expressed her gratitude. She said: “Everyone at Elliott’s Trust would like to say a massive thank you to Steven, who has completed three marathons in six weeks, having never run at all- let alone a marathon- before! That is amazing and we are so grateful to him.

“Elliott never had the pleasure of meeting Elliott but heard of the Trust through mutual friendship and offered to help us raise awareness of Rhabdomyosarcoma and other rare childhood and teenage cancers. It means so much to us all and takes us steps nearer to achieving our goals to support other families in our position.

“It goes without saying that he absolutely smashed his target!”

After a short and well-earned break from running, Steven’s next challenge is the upcoming Tour of Tameside.