Amazing runner completes 500-mile challenge for north Derbyshire hospice

Nick Whitworth is attempting to run 500 miles in 2014 for his 50th birthday. all sponsored with proceeds going to Ashgate Hospice Chesterfield
Nick Whitworth is attempting to run 500 miles in 2014 for his 50th birthday. all sponsored with proceeds going to Ashgate Hospice Chesterfield
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A hospice volunteer has gone the extra mile – or rather 500 of them – for the North Derbyshire charity by taking on an incredible year-long challenge for his 50th birthday.

Nick Whitworth, from Chesterfield, has raised almost £3,000 for the Ashgate Hospice where he volunteers each week.

He set out to run 500 miles throughout the year – and managed to complete the challenge by running 17 miles from Matlock to his parents’ home in Bakewell at the weekend.

In the last 12 months, he has tackled the New York and Rome marathons, as well as numerous long-distance races in England.

Nick said: “Last November, I was out running one evening and I was conscious I had this 50th birthday in 2014 and had this thought of 500 miles at 50. I just wondered whether it was possible to combine my love of running with raising money for Ashgate Hospice, which is very close to my heart.”

Nick, who works for BHP Chartered Accountants, which has offices in Sheffield and Chesterfield, said he was thrilled to have raised so much money for the hospice, where he has been a volunteer for more than four years.

He said: “It is a special place and you meet some amazing people and have some amazing conversations. I just wanted to give something back. I have been blown away by the generosity of so many people.”

Nick said he had mixed emotions after reaching his target. He said: “It was a strange feeling. I think the main feeling was relief to get to 500 miles – I couldn’t have taken much more to be honest.”