Andy Wright, the Library Development Manager in Kirklees, will complete a 5,000-mile run this weekend.

Andy set himself the challenge to run 5,000 miles in five years in October 2015 in order to raise thousands of pounds for Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield, a charity close to him.

This Saturday, his mammoth challenge will be complete, two months ahead of schedule, as he runs from Emley Moor to Castle Hill with friends.

Andy, 53 from Mirfield, is also an ambassador for Kirkwood Hospice and has raised awareness for their work through his long-distance running challenge.

Andy has raised almost £10,000 for Kirkwood Hospice through a combination of regular sponsorship and one-off donations

Andy said: “I’m proud to be associated with Kirkwood, an organisation which provides incredible compassionate support to families across Kirklees in their times of greatest need.

“I’ve learned so much about their work in encouraging their patients to live well, and as a resident of North Kirklees I’m particularly keen to ensure that information about the services provided by Kirkwood reach those more underrepresented sections of the district.”

To reach his goal, Andy has completed 149 Park Runs, completed more than 80 half-marathons, run five marathons and taken part in the biggest cross-country race in the world – the 30K Lidingoloppet in Stockholm.

Andy also came up with creative ways to raise awareness for Kirkwood whilst running.

In 2017, he ran 30 miles to commemorate Kirkwood’s 30-year anniversary. He then created and completed, the Huddersfield Monopoly Marathon, running to and visiting every square feature on the Huddersfield Monopoly board.

Kirkwood Chief Executive, Michael Crowther, praised Andy for his efforts, commitment and stamina to raise money and awareness for the hospice.

Michael said: “It’s quite hard to put into words just what an achievement this is. Andy is a wonderful ambassador for Kirkwood Hospice. I know he is passionate about the difference our care makes for people affected by any life-limiting illness and champions our cause wherever he goes.

“To commit half a decade to one single cause, and reach his goal, despite setbacks, injuries and the many obstacles that life presents is a testament to his amazing commitment. He is an integral part of the Kirkwood community. I’d like to say a huge thank you for everything Andy has achieved over the past few years. He has helped to raise almost £10,000 in that time, and created much-needed awareness across Kirklees.”

Donations can still be made to support Andy’s charity run on his Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andy5000