Marathon feat for six-year-old Harry

Date published: 13 May 2020

A six-year-old sports fanatic from Oldham has set himself the task of running a marathon distance of 26 miles during the month of May to raise money for cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step, as part of The 2.6 Challenge, a campaign to save the UK’s charities.

Harry loves sport and with no football, rugby or park run to take part in during lockdown he is enjoying running in his local area instead.

He decided to challenge himself by running a marathon distance.

He has chosen to raise money for Stick ‘n’ Step as his 18-year-old cousin Cordelia, who also lives in Oldham, has attended conductive education classes at the charity’s Wallasey centre since she was three years old.

Stick ‘n’ Step has provided support to Cordelia (pictured below) for the past 15 years, teaching her the skills she needs to live a more independent life.

Her family believes the charity has worked miracles to help her learn to walk when many people thought she never would.

Stick ‘n’ Step, like so many charities across the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events due to COVID-19.

In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have created a new campaign to raise vital funds to help UK charities’ fundraising.

The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

Head of fundraising at Stick ‘n’ Step Jenny Snell, said: “We are very impressed by Harry taking on such a challenge, especially as he is only six.

Cordelia is an extremely determined character too, so it clearly runs in the family!”

To support Harry in his marathon effort, click here

He has already smashed his initial target of £100.

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