Caring charity run

Steve Bell with his Great North Run medal, number and tee shirt. Picture by FRANK REID
Steve Bell with his Great North Run medal, number and tee shirt. Picture by FRANK REID

A MOTIVATED pub landlord laced up his trainers and battled 13.1miles of running in support of a town charity.

Steve Bell, 50, completed his ninth Great North Run at the weekend and in the process has so far raked in £400 for Hartlepool Carers.

Steve, who runs the Fishermans Arms pub, on the Headland, admitted he did not do as much training as perhaps he should have done, but still crossed the line in a respectable two hours and 50 minutes.

Steve, who runs the pub alongside his partner Mandy Jackson, 49, who is the mum of Emily Whitehead, 13, said: “It’s like no other event, it’s absolutely fantastic.

“If you could bottle the atmosphere and give people a taste of what running the Great North Run is like then everyone would do it, it’s such a brilliant day.”

Steve was delighted to raise as much as £400 for Hartlepool Carers, based in Lothian Road, in the town, and is still hoping to increase that total before he hands over the cash.

“When I signed up this year I wanted to support a town charity and I thought the Hartlepool Carers was an excellent choice,” he added.

“I know a few people there and the work they do for so many people never fails to impress me.

“I have been involved with fundraising for them for a while just raising little bits here and there, we raise money for them as much as we can.”

Steve made the trip up the A19 for Sunday’s race with Fishermans Arms regulars and members of the quiz team Jo Keenan and Alex Park.

He said he will definitely be taking part in the event again in the future.