THE marathon efforts of two intrepid runners have raised more than £1,200 for Halton Haven Hospice.

Ben Crossley and Janet Cook who work for Merseyflow - the organisation which collects the tolls/charges for crossing either the new Mersey Gateway Bridge - raised over £600 themselves.

Ben did an incredible 63-mile run as part of Chester Ultra 100 and Janet completed the Liverpool Rock n Roll half-marathon.

Merseyflow's parent company emovis then doubled the amount they raised themselves, making a whopping £1,200 in total.

Halton Haven Hospice is using the money to help fund the essential support and care it provides to its patients and service users 365 days a year. The Hospice is the chosen charity of the Merseyflow team for 2019.

Janet Cook, finance assistant with Merseyflow, said: "I love running and it is so much better when doing it for a good cause.

"The Liverpool half-marathon was amazing and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated money – it really is going to a very deserving cause."

Ben Crossley, team manager with Merseyflow, said: "I was gutted that I couldn’t complete the 100 miles because I had to pull out at 63 miles through injury but it has been a huge consolation to know that we have raised such a lot of money for Halton Haven."

Chris Andrews, senior fundraising manager at Halton Haven, said: "What Ben and Janet have done and the generosity of the Merseyflow staff and customers in sponsoring them is amazing. Huge thanks to everyone involved!”

Halton Haven Hospice provides people with care through a range of services and support for their families.

The hospice provides specialist palliative care, completely free of charge, to people from Halton and the surrounding areas who are living with life-limiting conditions.

The goal of this care is to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families.