Management consultant Dale Emmerson has thanked staff at Rosemere for looking after his mum during lockdown by raising £1,349 for the charity.Advertisement
He did this by completing an ultra marathon just 10 months after he’d taken up running.
52-year-old Dale finished the 35-mile Gritstone Grind in ten hours during September. The Gritstone Grind is a Peak District trail from Kidsgrove in Staffordshire to Disley in Cheshire that is more usually completed as a three day scenic walk.
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The furthest Dale had previously run was 5km but he was determined to stay the course after mum Susan Riley, of Preston, spent nearly a year in treatment at Lancashire and South Cumbria’s specialist regional cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.
She received the all clear the week after he completed the race.
Dale said: “I have always been active but not a runner until lockdown. I started out doing short distances, building up to 5km but decided on the ultra marathon to give something back for mum’s treatment and care.
“As it was lockdown, I wasn’t always able to go and see her but I know she received support from the cancer centre’s staff, which helped not just her but also myself and the rest of the family.
“This is my way of thanking them. I would also like to thank all my sponsors and Chris Carsons, a friend from
Congleton who had run the Gritstone Grind before and ran with me on the day to keep me going.”
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