A marathon effort by these memorial fund supporters

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RUNNERS raised more than £2,000 by tackling a series of races for charity.

The Jo & Mya Memorial fund, run by Hartlepool businessman Ian Richardson, benefited from the efforts of runners in the Marathon of the North event in Sunderland.

Sarah Black, from Hartlepool, was runner-up in the women’s race while two relay teams with six members each, ran for the charity and also completed the course.

Ian said: “We faced all the elements from wind, rain, sun, and cold to even more wind. Runners came from Billingham, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Aberdeen and Cumbria, all to raise funds for the charity.”

Ian has thrown himself into fundraising ever since his wife Joanne, 40, and eldest daughter Mya, aged six, died in a car accident on August 8, 2010.

He and his youngest daughter Ava, now aged two, survived the accident. Ian set up the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund to help children who have lost loved ones.