Chris is about ready for a rest

FUNDRAISING journalist Chris Cordner can enjoy a well-earned rest after completing the second leg of a five-race running challenge for charity.

The Hartlepool Mail’s head of features was one of almost 1,000 people who lined up for the 5-kilometre race Sabic Riverside run in Middlesbrough last Sunday.

Chris, 51, got round in 27 minutes and 3 seconds which is the second fastest time he has recorded for the distance.

He finished in 526th position and said: “Considering it was only seven days after I had run 10 kilometres in Sunderland, I was really pleased with my performance.”

But more importantly, it raises awareness of Chris’s chosen charity, which is the Stroke Association.

Chris can now enjoy a break before his next challenge which is the Great North 10k run in Gateshead on Sunday, July 22.

His final two challenges will be in September when he tackles the Tees Pride 10k in Middlesbrough on Sunday, September 2, and the 13-mile Great North Run on Sunday, September 16.

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