VIDEO: October test for runner Lee, 13

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A teenage fitness fanatic is running five miles a day throughout October for charity.

Lee Ashton, 13, a pupil at St Bede’s Catholic High School, in Lytham, has so far raised around £250 during the challenge, which will see him jog a total of more than 150 miles in aid of Trinity Hospice.

Lee Ashton (13) who is running five miles a day throughout October to raise money for Trinity Hospice. He is pictured with his mum Joselyn Rae.

Lee Ashton (13) who is running five miles a day throughout October to raise money for Trinity Hospice. He is pictured with his mum Joselyn Rae.

Lee, who also plays football for Blackpool FC’s under-14s team, had initially intended to complete the marathon with his cousin Callum Rae, 15, who sadly had to pull out after getting injured.

And Lee explained the reasons behind taking up the test.

He said: “Quite a lot of our family have gone through cancer.

“I’m doing alright so far.

“People have been saying well done to me for doing it and stuff like that.”

Lee usually finds time to fit his runs in after school, but due to his football commitments he has also occasionally had to complete his early in the morning - waking up as early as 5am to lace up his running shoes and get on the road.

He added: “I’ve got up early a couple of times and it’s been tiring, but other times I’ve been doing after school which isn’t as bad.”

In total he is hoping to raise £ 1 ,000 for the charity by the end of the month.

Proud mum Joselyn Rae, 44, of Abbeyville, South Shore, said: “It’s a challenge he’s set himself to do.

“If he can’t fit his run in after school he’s up and doing it and five or six o’clock in the morning.

“He’s kept to his word so far and he’s quite up for it because he’s a laid back kind of guy.

“He picked Trinity because everyone in some way has been touched by cancer and my own father died of lung cancer.

“He’s got asthma as well and that’s not stopping him, I’m really proud of him.”

If you would like to sponsor Lee during his challenge, please call Joselyn on 07989 821135.

Rachael Heaton, spokesperson for Trinity Hospice, said: “We are delighted that Lee is going that extra mile for Trinity and would like to say a huge thank you to him for taking part in this challenging fundraising activity.

“Every penny of the money he raises will go directly to patient care here at the Hospice and we are so very grateful.”