Alby is all set for the GNR

Alby Pattison with his Great North Run medal

Alby Pattison with his Great North Run medal

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THE managing director of a specialist Hartlepool business is ready to tackle 13 miles of running in aid of a town charity.

Hart Biologicals boss Alby Pattison took part in last year’s Great North Run and has signed up again for this year’s race, which is taking place this weekend.

Alby has been in training for the world’s biggest half marathon since May with regular runs around the town, and is hoping for a personal best when he takes to the start line on Sunday.

But his main aim is raising as much cash as possible for his chosen charity this year, Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Hart Biologicals, based on the Queens Meadow Business Park, in Hartlepool, became one of the hospice’s prestigious Guild of Patrons last year.

Alby said: “I’m looking forward to taking part in the Great North Run on behalf of my local hospice and I hope to raise a substantial amount of sponsorship on their behalf.

“I’ve been training since May.

“On a personal level I hope to better my time from last year but don’t see it as a race.

“The atmosphere during the Great North Run is fantastic, it’s one of the reasons I look forward to doing it every year.”

Alby continued his training on a recent holiday to Crete where, although it was too hot to run, he went out for a number of walks including one 10 mile hike to try and ensure he is in the best condition possible when he lines up on Sunday.

Greg Hildreth, hospice events fundraiser, said: “It is great to have Alby on the hospice team for this year’s Great North Run and this is a fantastic way for him to support a vital local charity, in addition to Hart Biologicals’ membership of our guild.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the rest of our running team, we will all be cheering for them on the day.”

The run is widely recognised as the largest of its kind in the world, with more thn 50,000 runners taking part on the 13 mile route from newcastle city centre to South Shields.

To sponsor Alby and help boost his fundraising total visit www.justgiving.com/Alby-Pattison2 or contact Greg on (01429) 855529

People can also contact Greg if they are taking part in this Sunday’s Great North Run without a cause to run for and would like to support the hospice.