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New ultra-distance running record set at Hope Park

Despite a day of rain and wind, athlete Craig Holgate set a new British six-hour road running record at the Second Run for Hope campus race.

Craig, who is the UK record holder and won last year’s Run for Hope race, covered an impressive 50.4 miles over the six hours.

Also competing in the race was female runner Jane Lightfoot, who covered almost 35 miles, and a relay team made up of Liverpool Hope staff and students, which ran a combined 32 miles.

The team collected sponsorship donations ahead of the race and this combined with additional fundraising resulted in a cheque for £600 being presented to local charity The Whitechapel Centre, which supports homeless people in Liverpool.

Liverpool Hope has developed close links with The Whitechapel Centre, having supported the organisation in the past through a Christmas food and clothing drive.

Donations are continuing to be collected from staff and students who pledged support for the event and anyone who wishes to donate can do so directly to The Whitechapel Centre.

Lecturer in Health & Social Care Alistair Jewell, who helped to coordinate the race, said: “Once again Liverpool Hope provided the perfect backdrop, support and facilities to stage a record-breaking sports event, and those who ran passed on their thanks for being able to compete at such a welcoming and beautiful venue.”

Published on 13/03/2019