Runner’s marathon challenge raises £2,000 for poorly tot

CHARITY RUNS ... Stephen Goodwin completed four marathons.
CHARITY RUNS ... Stephen Goodwin completed four marathons.

KIND-HEARTED fundraiser Stephen Goodwin put his best foot forward to raise more than £2,000 for a poorly youngster.

The 35-year-old, of Westoe, South Shields, drummed up support for one-year-old Kian Musgrove, who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, by running four marathons in four days.

Doctors have told Kian’s parents – Sam Gordon, originally from Jarrow, and Kat Musgrove, from Newcastle – that the youngster only has a 50 per cent chance of survival.

The youngster’s plight touched Stephen and he was inspired to take on the 100-mile challenge after his cousin, Gary Goodwin, a friend of Kian’s dad, raised money with a coast-to-coast cycle.

The Port of Tyne transport supervisor said: “I vowed to run 26 miles a day for four days.

“I’ve got about £2,000 so far and have more to collect so I think it’ll be closer to £3,000 once I’ve got all the money in.”

Stephen suffered an impact injury to his knee not long before taking on his challenge, and said he suffered along the way.

He added: “It was really tough. I only managed to run the first two and had to mostly walk the others, but I couldn’t not do it because I was just thinking of the charity.

“About halfway through the second run I was in a lot of pain and really thought about giving up, but I just couldn’t do it.

“I had blisters on my feet too and I was in absolute agony but I knew I had to keep going and finish it.”

Stephen, who is dad to Holly, eight, says his girlfriend Rachel Smith, 33, was understanding of his six-day-a-week training schedule over the last seven months.

He added: “About 35 other runners met me at the finish line on the last day, and it was fantastic to see so many people come along and offer their support.

“We all headed to the Marsden Inn Hotel after that, where I’d organised a charity night, and there was a great turnout there too – it was fantastic.

“I’m not sure the missus is too keen for me to do something else like this straight away because we hardly saw each other for seven months, since I went to the gym every day after work.

“I am already starting to think about what I’m going to do next year, though.”

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