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Huddersfield Station cat Felix starts 5k 'run' for charity

Felix the cat Image copyright Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat
Image caption Transpennine Express said the charity 'run' had got off to a slow start

A railway station cat is taking part in a 5k fun "run" to raise money for a children's charity.

Felix, who shot to fame when she was named Huddersfield Station's Senior Pest Controller, has taken on the challenge in support of Fairy Bricks.

Her "run" started earlier although railway staff said she had been taking breaks by "lying down in the corridor".

She has already raised more than £2,500 for the charity which supplies Lego kits to children in hospital.

Felix's progress is being monitored via a GPS tracker in her collar, which allows the distance she has covered to be measured.

Image copyright TransPennine Express
Image caption Felix was appointed Senior Pest Controller at Huddersfield station earlier this year

Andrew McClements, from TransPennine Express, said: "The challenge has got under way, she's doing well but I'd be surprised if she covers 5k by Christmas because she's being lying down in the corridor."

Dozens of people have wished Felix good luck in her challenge on a Facebook page set up in her name.

'Pawlympic challenge'

Shirley Mitchell wrote: "Good luck Floofy for the 5K - make sure your personal trainer is nearby for paw massages and energy boosting treats. I don't care if you're not able to manage it, just look at how much you have raised simply by being so pawsome, that's a big enough achievement for one fabulous kitty."

Emilie Froge sent well wishes from her and her cat Jack Sparrow from Rio de Janeiro.

Image caption More than 75,000 people follow Felix's adventures on her Facebook page

Barbara Blackie posted: "Best of luck for your Pawlympic challenge Fifi - we're all rooting for you."

A Lego model of Felix has been built by the charity to mark the challenge.

Image copyright Fairy Bricks
Image caption Fairy Bricks has recreated Felix in Lego to mark the occasion

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