A pacy chance to help charity

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HOW would you like to do a world of good for a charity?

Then how about tackling a leg of an attempt to break a world record – and raising money for research into brain tumours.

And how about doing it as part of a team which will also include legendary runner Liz McColgan?

That is the offer which has gone out to people from the Hartlepool and east Durham areas.

The RelayGB event is coming through the North-East on Sunday, May 20, and Monday, May 21.

Organiser John Stanford said he would love more people from the North East to come forward and volunteer to run.

The North East section travels from Berwick upon Tweed through Belford, Alnwick, Bamburgh Castle, Morpeth, Chester-le-Street, Easington, Peterlee, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Redcar and and Whitby before continuing south.

Liz will be running part of the Scottish leg and will tackle the 26 miles between Arbroath and St Andrews, passing through Dundee and crossing the Tay on May 16 before handing over to the next set of runners.

Jenny Baker, chief executive at Brain Tumour UK, said: “Last year we invested £200,000 in world-class scientific research to improve the quality of life for brain tumour patients, identify better treatments and, ultimately, defeat the disease. With the money we raised from RelayGB we hope to double that in 2012.”

RelayGB is a new charity fundraising event to try and gather £500,000 in aid of Brain Tumour UK.

The event is suitable for both casual runners, who can share a 26 mile leg as a team, as well as sub-four hour marathon runners who can run a leg individually. Corporate and running club entries are also welcome.

There is a £50 entry fee for individual runners and £80 for teams. Each runner will also be asked to raise a £1,000 minimum sponsorship.

The funds raised will go to Brain Tumour UK, which is a charity committed to fighting brain tumours.

To find out more and to sign up, visit www.relaygb.org.