Community Running Challenges group raise funds for charity

Members of Community Running Challenges during their Christmas run
Members of Community Running Challenges during their Christmas run
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A group of runners are challenging the community to raise funds for charity.

The group of around 260 have raised more than £2,200 for various charities.

The initiative was started by Steve Taylor, of Chorley, who organised a Christmas run in 2015, which attracted more than 60 people.
He arranged the event for 2016 and this year he has expanded his fund-raising with even more runs, including a men v women challenge and a triathlon inspired event in August.

The 44-year-old said: “This all started off a few years ago when I did a run over 22 days, with distances between one and 12 miles in December.
“It went really well with 60 people involved and so I did it the following year, with between 130 and 140 people entering.
“This year I decided to do a few more runs. There is a year-long challenge to run 1,000 miles or 1,000km; in January we did a 100 mile challenge and last month we raised £500 for St Catherine’s Hospice and Ben's Bowel Movements during a men v women run.

“Our next challenge will be throughout August - Tri Harder - which is incorporating swimming, cycling and running. Then of course we have the Twelve Days of Christmas Running Challenge.
“These runs are for anybody. I am part of Red Rose Runners, which forms a large part of the participants, but there are also members from RunSmart, in Leyland, Preston and Chorley Harriers, Sweatshop and the Park Runs in Preston and Cuerden Valley.

“Our first run was in aid of Cuerden Valley’s charity fund-raising and then we began raising funds for Ben’s Bowel Movements. Ben Ashworth is a pretty special guy. Since he has been diagnosed with bowel cancer he has done lots of marathons, raising thousands for charity. We have also raised money for St Catherine’s Hospice.”

Steve, a father-of-three, has been a member of Red Rose Road Runners for more than four years.

He added: “My social group has quadrupled with running. I really enjoy it and fund-raising is my way of giving something back. People enjoy meeting socially and helping good causes.
“Since we started we have raised £2,200 and we hope to push this to £2,500 by the end of the year.”

To take part in any of the challenges search for Community Running Challenges #CRC on Facebook.