Four-wards to the last challenge for Chris

A HARTLEPOOL Mail journalist battled a throat infection and soaring temperatures to complete the fourth leg of a five-race challenge.

Head of features Chris Cordner, 51, was struggling for fitness as he lined up alongside 2,500 other competitors in the Middlesbrough 10k race on Sunday.

But he finished the course in one hour and five minutes in the fourth of five races he is running to raise money for the Stroke Association.

Afterwards, he said: “This was the toughest of all the challenges so far. In the run-up to the race, I had barely been able to run a couple of miles as I had struggled all week with throat and breathing problems. And this must have been one of the hottest days for weeks and it made for difficult running conditions.

“But the atmosphere was brilliant and everyone was really supportive of each other.”

Chris has now completed 10-kilometre Sunderland City race, the Tees Pride 5-kilometre race in Middlesbrough, the Great North 10k run in Gateshead and the Tees Pride 10k in Middlesbrough.

But his remaining challenge is the toughest yet when he runs the 13-mile Bupa Great North Run on Sunday, September 16.

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