Be a half-marathon hero in the Great North Run

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NEARLY 50 runners are in training as they bid to tackle a half-marathon for charity.

And each is hoping Mail readers will sponsor them on the 13-mile Bupa Great North Run for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The world’s most popular half-marathon will be held this year on Sunday, September 15. Last year the team of runners raised more than £19,000 for patient care. Many are running again in this year’s team.

Events fundraiser Greg Hildreth said: “I would like to send thanks to all of our runners and their sponsors as this is a huge challenge.

“We have a fantastic team and it’s a real pleasure to work with such dedicated people. The money raised last year was enough to pay for over ten weeks of patient care, including all meals and nursing care. We are hoping to smash the target again this year.”

The Hospice hopes to recruit additional runners with their own places, who are not yet linked to a charity.

All Hospice runners are offered transport to and from the event, a branded running vest, water bottle, post event hospitality and a carb-building pasta meal in the Hospice Bistro the evening before the run.

Anyone interested should contact Greg on (01429) 855529 or email ghildreth@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.