Two men are running for 24 hours to raise money for Doncaster hospital

This November two Doncaster men are challenging themselves to run for a full 24 hours hoping to fundraise for children spending Christmas at a Doncaster hospital.

Friday, 6th November 2020, 7:00 am

David Duffy and Wayne Martison are both keen runners in their personal lives but the friends wanted to do something to help others during this Winter season so they decided to put their skills to the test.

They will only be stopping for hydration, food and bathroom breaks.

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David Duffy and Wayne Martison are running for 24 hours to raise money for DRI.

David, 38, said: “We only decided to do this four weeks ago and honestly I’m a little nervous.

“I’ve run marathons before but nothing of this magnitude.”

The pair have estimated that they will run at least 50 miles during the 24 hour period.

David who lives in Carcroft says that they chose Lakeside as it is well lit throughout the night and close to facilities that they need to keep going for such a long time.

“We’re doing this to hopefully put smiles on children's faces who are spending Christmas in DRI this year,” David said.

“It’s confusing and hard enough as adults to deal with never mind children.”

The runners are in talks with the Doncaster Royal Infirmary about how the money they are donating will be used.

Ideally they would like to hand out presents to children but due to Covid-19 that may not be a possibility and a cash donation may be the next best alternative.

David said: “We feel lucky and fortunate to be healthy and fit.

David had hoped that members of his running group the Broddy Pit Top Runners would be able to join him in this run but due to the second national lockdown that is no longer possible.

But he is asking if anyone lives in the Lakeside area wishes to socially distant cheer them along if they’re out exercising themselves then it would be welcome.

You can donate to the runners goal here.

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