Steve takes on a marathon treadmill feat for HIV charity

Steve Smith
Steve Smith
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Keen athlete Steve Smith is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner after he ran a marathon on a treadmill for a worthy cause.

Steve, of Gosport Road, Lee-on-the-Solent, raised just under £400 for charity Hope HIV as a result of his efforts at Lee-on-the-Solent Tennis Squash and Fitness Club.

The 46-year-old, who was joined by club members on adjacent treadmills, completed the gruelling task in four hours and 23 minutes.

Steve decided to raise money for Hope HIV because QlikTech – the computer company he works for – donates software to the worthy cause.

Hope HIV helps more than 400 communities in Africa fund and support around 50,000 vulnerable young people who have been orphaned or affected by HIV or AIDS.

‘I’m delighted with the amount of money I was able to raise,’ says Steve.

‘I didn’t realise how difficult it would be running indoors on the spot without any scenery to take your mind off the boredom.

‘The wheels started to fall off at 18 miles – but it is easy to put up with a few hours of discomfort when you think of the reason why you are doing it.

‘QlikTech does an amazing job of helping desperately needy and deprived children.’

Last year Steve completed a 2.2-mile swim, 111.8-mile cycle ride and a 26-mile run in aid of Hope HIV. He finished the overall challenge in 12 hours and 45 minutes.