Chris gets ready for final push

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A Mail journalist is entering the final straight in his quest to tackle five runs in five months for charity.

Head of features Chris Cordner, 51, is raising money for the Stroke Association by competing in some of the best known races in the North-East.

He has already completed the 10k Sunderland City race and the Tees Pride 5k race in Middlesbrough in May, and the Great North 10k run in Gateshead in July.

His final two challenges are the Tees Pride 10k in Middlesbrough on Sunday, September 2, and the 13-mile Bupa Great North Run on Sunday, September 16.

Chris said: “The toughest of the challenges are the ones that are still to come, but I have stepped up the training in preparation.

“I have managed two 13-mile training runs - even though it has meant getting up at 5am on a Sunday!”

Chris’s aim is to raise awareness of stroke.

To support Chris in his fundraising drive, make a donation by visiting