Runner on track to raise more than £20,000 for domestic abuse charity after Merseyrail challenge

  • Report by Jennifer Buck, ITV News Granada Reports

A runner who visited all 37 stations on a railway line in a 12-hour challenge is on track to raise more than £20,000 for a domestic abuse charity

Alex Rigby, 32, ran around 56 miles to 37 stations on Merseyrail’s Northern Line on Saturday, February 10.

The runner, who works as a fundraiser for domestic abuse charity Centre 56, set off from Hunts Cross in south Liverpool at 6am and completed his run within about 11 hours.

He has spent the last few months planning the quickest and safest route, which saw him run to Southport before heading across to Ormskirk and Kirkby.

He finishing the route at Kirkdale station in Liverpool, near to the charity’s base.

Alex ran to every station on Merseyrail's Northern Line.

He said: “I wanted to do a challenge that was really unique and they can take a while to come up with.

“I was getting the train one day and wondering how long it would take to run to all the stations so it started from there.”

This is not the first challenge for the Liverpool Running Club member, who took on an ultra-marathon through every postcode in the city last year.

He said: “This challenge is only a mile or so longer than last year but there are a lot more hills so I think it will be tougher.

“When you get to Ormskirk there are a lot of inclines so I think around the 40-mile mark will be really hard.”

He was joined along the route by representatives from businesses, who will complete the run in a relay, as well as friends and colleagues who will be bringing supplies.

“A big part of the challenge is food because you’re burning off about 6,000 calories, so people will be stopping off at stations with drinks and food and I’ll be filling up on things like pastries, chocolate and salt and vinegar crisps,” he said.

He added: “There’s been a lot of support from all around the city, which is great.”

By Monday, he had reached his fundraising target of £20,000, with money still to be counted from collections in stations.

He said: “The charity has a nursery for children who have suffered domestic abuse and also runs a food pantry and after-school club for the local area.

“It’s an amazing place, providing support for people who need it the most.

“The charity has been going for 50 years but this run is also important to raise awareness of it, so people know we are here to help.”

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