DESPITE running more than 117 miles to thank the hospital that saved his brother’s life, George Mathias is not ready to hang up his running shoes yet – and has instead set himself a new challenge.

The 11-year-old from Eccleston, who already raised more than £55,000 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital by running with a host of celebrities such as Liverpool FC legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, now aims to do a marathon for every year he’s had his brother James - which maes 208 miles.

He’s already started 2018 with a bang and has recently run with X Factor host Dermot O’Leary – who he met when he received his Pride of Britain award – and Masterchef celebrity and two star Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr .

The Rainford high pupil will also be running with BBC Breakfast and news presenter Naga Munchetty and hockey playing Olympian Sam Quek this week.

Dad Richard Mathias, 46, said: “George has had such a good time doing these runs that despite reaching his initial goal, he decided he wanted to continue – especially after seeing all the help the money does at Alder Hey.

“The runs the other weekend were great, because straight after the Pride of Britain awards Dermot O’Leary said he wanted to do a run with George, so it was great to finally do that with him.

“We met up on a very cold and rainy morning in Regents Park and he was just lovely.

“I am a huge fan of Masterchef so I was thrilled when Michel Roux Jr said he wanted to run as well – which we did around Battersea Park.

“George asked him whether or not he ever orders take away and he said, “Absolutely no, never.”

“I can’t thank them both enough for their support.”

George initially planned to run a mile for each month he had had his brother, now seven, who was born seven weeks premature and spent five days in a coma and has been awarded several awards for his efforts.

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