Charity Runner To Finish 30 Squared 900 Mile Challenge At Hensingham Rugby Club

Charity fundraiser that’s running 30 miles every day in April set to finish his challenge this weekend at Hensingham rugby club.

Chris Young, from Cleator Moor, began his ‘30 Squared Challenge’ on April 1, 2023, in the hope of raising £30,000 for two chosen organisations that are close to his heart – Hospice At Home West Cumbria and Hearts of Gold.

Chris at Parton shore with Hospice at Home West Cumbria staff

Chris set up the challenge after being inspired by ‘Marathon Man 365’ Gary McKee and is running 30 miles daily for 30 days to celebrate his 30th birthday.

Throughout the month he has had lots of friends, family and the local community support him, who have donated money, ran with him or cheered him on from the streets.

Chris said: “The challenge has been enjoyable, but not without its setbacks. Between cellulitis, illness and a setback mentally it’s made each completed day that little bit more special.

“As with life there’s always tough days and they’re not all pretty, but sometimes all you’ve got to do is survive the bad days! A winner is a dreamer that never gives up and I never started this challenge with even a thought of giving up.

“The same way that the two organisations I’ve decided to support don’t give up on the people that turn to them for support”.

Chris’ challenge will come to an end this Sunday, April 30, when he will cross the finish line at Hensingham Rugby Club at 1.30pm and complete his final 30-mile run, giving him an overall total of 900 miles run in April.  

Following the completion of his challenge there is an event being held at Hensingham Rugby Club with live music and food.

Tickets are on sale for £20, with all proceeds going to his challenge and can be purchased by contacting Chris on 07595 452355.

Donations can also be made to his fundraising page.

Hospice at Home West Cumbria provide high-quality, palliative and end-of-life care to people living in West Cumbria. Hearts of Gold West Cumbria provide support to struggling families in the community.