A COMMUNITY chief is lacing up his trainers to take part in this year’s Great North Run.
Malcolm Fallow, head of East Durham Trust, is preparing for the iconic 13-mile run which takes place between Newcastle and South Shields on Sunday, September 18.
The voluntary and community-based organisation boss is running aid of three local organisations.
They are Shotton Community Festival, Durham Support for Visually Impaired Children and Military Mental Health North East.
It will be the first time the 50-year-old dad-of-two has tackled the gruelling half-marathon, though he has taken part in various 10km runs at Sunderland and Gateshead over the past three years.
But he admits he will just be happy to finish the full route.
Malcolm, who lives in Wingate and is married to Glenda, said: “This is longer than the distance I’m used to, but I’m feeling alright. “I’m hoping to do it in about two hours.
“I’m not sure whether I will as I start in one of the groups further back with all the fancy dress participants - I will probably get overtaken by Superman.
“But I will live with that, as it’s for a good cause.”
Malcolm, who is dad to Madeleine, 24, and 18-year-old Rory, said he chose the three causes because they are all based in County Durham.
But he said there were so many locally, he had to choose three from a hat.
He added: “I have ran for national causes in the past, like Alzheimer’s, but I think in times of austerity you shouldn’t look past your own back door and it’s nice to be helping some local charities.”
Malcolm, who took up running 10 years ago, has been trying to stick to a 12-week training programme.
But he admitted it has been difficult due to the distraction of a number of weekends away.
“I’m reasonably confident though,” said Malcolm.
“I’m hoping it won’t be a red hot day and I’m looking forward to it.
“People speak about the camaraderie and the atmosphere on the day and I can’t wait.
“A lot of my work involves meetings and sitting behind a desk so it’s nice to do something to keep active.”
Malcolm has been at the helm of the trust, which is based at Community House, in Peterlee’s Yoden Road and aims to regenerate the east Durham area, for four-and-a-half years,
Judi Briggs, from the Shotton Festival Committee, said: “We are delighted that Mr Fallow has recognised the importance of what we do in our community.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor Malcolm should contact East Durham Trust on (0191) 5693511.
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