Rower is aiming for a half marathon

Peter Tennick
Peter Tennick

THE Hartlepool Mail’s Peter Tennick is hoping to get 13 in a row for a charity challenge.

Dad-of-two Peter, 37, is aiming to row the equivalent of the Great North Run half marathon on Sunday to raise charity cash.

He is taking part in the challenge on a rowing machine at The Gym, in Fishburn, to raise funds for the Friends of St William’s School group, which fundraises for St William’s RCVA School, in Trimdon Village.

The group meets monthly and stages a string of events each year to raise cash for the school.

In the past it has bought items including books and equipment, as well as putting funding towards structural work being carried out at the school, off the village’s Elwick View.

Peter, deputy news editor at the Mail, said: “As a parent I know that children’s education is extremely important.

“People have so far been very good in sponsoring me. But I just want to have a final push and see if I can get more support.

“Any cash raised goes straight into the school and helps improve the future of youngsters through their education.”

There are several events held each year and the biggest are the summer and Christmas fairs.

The summer fair in July was hugely successful but the last Christmas fair had to be cancelled and the group lost the chance of raising a good amount of money.

Peter, who lives in Trimdon Village, said: “I am aiming to do 13.1 miles, but if anyone wants to sponsor me by the mile I will keep going after I reach it and see how far I can go.

“It is for a good cause and any backing people want to give me will be very much appreciated.”

You can sponsor Peter by contacting him on 0777 1568215 or emailing peter.tennick@northeast-press.co.uk