Steven Woodbridge (pictured) ran the 26.2 mile Greater Manchester marathon yesterday (Sunday 8th April 2018) and will be following that gruelling event by taking part in both the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 22nd, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon on May 20th in memory of a late Tameside teenager.
The 27-year-old is raising money for Elliott’s Trust, a charity set up in memory of Elliott Fernandez, the 19-year-old from Denton who passed away after a battle with cancer in January 2017.
It’s a huge undertaking for Steven, who has never run a full marathon before! “I completed my first half-marathon in October last year and instantly decided to set myself a goal to complete one full marathon in 2018,” he said. “I couldn’t choose between Manchester or Liverpool so I signed up for both!
“A month later, my work ran a competition to win a place in the London Marathon. I ended up winning and running three marathons in two months! It’s safe to say I love a challenge!”
Steven, who now lives in Stockport, was introduced to the Elliott’s Trust via a family friend and after catching the fundraising bug last year, he wanted to make a difference.
His training started back in January and after slowly building up to 20 miles over 16 weeks, the Account Manager at Vitality Health is looking forward to the big day.
He said: “I really enjoy fundraising. I took part in a white collar boxing match for charity last year and it gave me a great feeling knowing I’d helped. Elliott’s Trust was set up by a family friend and is a charity that needs all the help it can get.
“I was made aware of the charity by my stepmother, who is a good friend of Beverley, Elliott’s mum. After reading about it, I contacted them and decided I’d like to help raise awareness too.”
Steven has set himself a fundraising goal of £500. He says, we’re 75% of the way there through online and cash donations and with his ‘Just Giving’ page open until the end of May, now has his sights on doubling his target.
To support Steven’s marathon efforts and to donate to Elliott’s Trust, please head to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/steven-woodbridge.