Hartlepool businessman swapping shoes for sneakers to take on the London Marathon

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A HARTLEPOOL businessman will don his running shoes and tackle one of the world’s most famous races this weekend.

Steve Howe, 46, from Seaton Carew, will be taking on the 26 miles of the Virgin Money London Marathon along with 37,000 fellow competitors on Sunday.

Steve Howe with his children Lewis and Sophie and family friend Jessica Fishwick (left)

Steve Howe with his children Lewis and Sophie and family friend Jessica Fishwick (left)

He will be raising money for St Teresa’s School in Callendar Road, Hartlepool, at which his two children Sophie, 11, and Lewis, aged seven, are pupils. His hope is to gather in £500 so that the school can fund sports equipment and playground furniture.

His gruelling challenge on Sunday will take him past some of the greatest spectacles in the world, including the Cutty Sark, London Docklands, Cleopatra’s Needle, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace.

Steve, who runs his own driving school in Hartlepool, said: “The London Marathon is a great occasion. I did it last year and I really enjoyed it.

“It was fantastic and all of London came out. It was breathtaking.”

Steve Howe with his children Lewis and Sophie (right) and family friend Jessica Fishwick

Steve Howe with his children Lewis and Sophie (right) and family friend Jessica Fishwick

Steve, who is married to Angie, 41, is no stranger to running. His 50th half marathon was completed earlier this year when he tackled the Walt Disney World Half challenge and said: “Running through the magic kingdom was something else.”

Steve added: “Last time, I said ‘never again’ but I am going to do it and I hope I can raise £500 which would be the same as I did last year.”

Those wanting to support Steve in his run can get forms and envelopes from St Teresa’s and St Patrick’s church in Hartlepool, as well as from Steve himself.

To contact Steve and give him your support, telephone 07711477570.

Steve Howe great north run runner,

Steve Howe great north run runner,