A RUNNER has conquered more than a dozen peaks in the Lake District while giving a South Tyneside charity a boost.
Chris Todd tackled the gruelling endurance run in Cumbria to help St Clare’s Hospice.
Education worker Mr Todd, 37, from Sunderland Road, South Shields, spent months training for the event.
He said: “I have a number of friends and family members who have received wonderful care from the hospice, and I wanted to do something to help.
“The care St Clare’s Hospice offers is outstanding, and I was happy to raise money on their behalf.”
Mr Todd spent six hours running over 13 peaks in the Lake District on August 25, starting at Grisedale Pike and ending at Catbells.
He said: “The route followed the Coledale and Newlands Valley horseshoe routes.
“It was a fine day and I benefited from the cooler weather on the tops at the beginning of the day.
“Approaching the third peak, Grassmoor, at 852 metres, I was just able to see some of the lowest clouds, which was a beautiful sight.
“Towards the end of the run, I was a little fatigued and it also became hotter as I dropped down to Maiden Moor, High Spy and Catbells, the heat adding to the challenge.
“I am very grateful to everyone who supported my fundraising effort and I was thankful to two friends, Ray and Colin, who between them ran parts of the first and second half of the run to pace me.
“I am very grateful to everyone who supported my fundraising effort and to date, £1,000 has been raised.
“I have been a runner for many years, but this was a very difficult challenge, for which I have specifically trained for the last year.”
Hospice fundraiser Chris Rowell said: “We are extremely grateful for Chris Todd’s fantastic fundraising achievement.”
People can still support Mr Todd’s fundraising efforts on behalf of both St Clare’s and Cancer Research by making a donation at his Just Giving page here.