Andy's 'London Marathon at home' in Burnley raises close to £2,000 for Pendleside Hospice

Neighbours clapped and cheered runner Andy Higginson yesterday as he completed the London Marathon ... right here in Burnley.

Andy was determined to run the marathon however he could, despite the Covid 19 lockdown causing it to be postponed, as he did not want the charity he is raising money for to suffer.

So he decided to run the 26.2 miles around his garden and he smashed it an amazing five hours, thirty five minutes and two seconds.

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The 41-year-old said: "I was very happy with the time because I thought it could have taken six hours if not longer."

Andy Higginson takes a well deserved rest after raising almost 2,000 for Pendleside Hospice after running the London Marathon at his home in Burnley.

And Andy has now raised the cracking total of £1,859 through his justgving page which will certainly register with Pendleside Hospice who he did the marathon for.

Andy, who is dad to 10-year-old Archie, chose the hospice as a cause close to his heart.

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His good friend and well known Padiham man Martin Simm was looked after there before his death in 2016.

A keen Clarets fan and talented musician Martin launched his own successful band in the 90s called Pretend Girlfriend. Rodney Holland, the father of Andy's partner, Vicky Holland, also received care there.

Andy before his marathon attempt with his son Archie (10)

Last year Andy, who works as a planner at Burnley's Futaba Manufacturing, took part in the Berlin Marathon to raise money for research into Prostate Cancer.

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He has been in training for the London event, that attracts thousands of runners annually, who raise much needed cash that so many charities rely on.

There is still time to make a donation to Andy by clicking HERE.