CHAMPION charity fundraiser Steve Bullows reaches a remarkable milestone on Saturday, November 19 when he completes his 100th run for Mummy’s Star.
Steve, a teaching assistant at St Paul’s Primary, Stalybridge, will complete the century of races when he takes part in the Conwy Half Marathon.
Since beginning what was initially an offer to complete ten 10k runs for Mummy’s Star in May 2014, it has snowballed since then.
And in the last three-and-a-half years Steve, who lives in Millbrook, has raised more than £7,500 for the national charity that is based in nearby Hadfield.
Apart from the fundraising, Steve says it has been important in spreading the message about Mummy’s Star, the only charity on the UK and Ireland dedicated to women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy.
It support mothers with cancer by offering practical help when needed.
Often pregnancy masks the symptoms of cancer until it is too late and Steve says 17 of the mums have died since his involvement with the charity.
Steve became involved with Mummy’s Star when Marie Garrigan, a colleague at St Paul’s, aware of his fundraising for other charities, mentioned a new one in Glossop that had been launched by Peter Walroth whose wife Mair died three months after the birth of their son Merlin in 2012.
“I offered to run ten 10k race initially for Mummy’s Star, but continued after that.
“I have completed nine marathons, 25 halves, 10-milers and further 10ks,” he said.
Of the 99 runs so far, Steve says the Bangor 10k was especially poignant as Mair’s family live in the Welsh city. There was also a memorable day trip to Dublin to complete another.
And the 100th will be special as 80 supporters from Mummy’s Star will be travelling to Conwy to provide support.
And Marie’s husband Mike and daughter Jade are also taking part in the Conwy race.
Steve, a member of Hyde Striders, has run 57 races in 2017, often completing three each week. And because of the frequency he doesn’t need to train.
It was back in 2012 that Steve did his first charity run for Macmillan Cancer after his sister-in-law Louise Bullows died of cancer.
He completed three for Macmillan and a further three for Willow Wood, the hospice that cared for her.
Since his first race five years ago – Steve had never previously run – he has completed a total of 132 for various charities.
And he is currently also involved in a personal challenge to run 25 marathons in six months, having already done nine.
Steve says that is for “pleasure” and not for any charitable cause.