One down, four to go for Chris’s Stroke Association challenge

Chris Cordner at the finish at the Stadium of Light
Chris Cordner at the finish at the Stadium of Light

FUNDRAISING journalist Chris Cordner has completed the first leg of his five-race running challenge to raise money for the Stroke Association.

The Hartlepool Mail’s head of features completed the 10-kilometre Sunderland City race last weekend in a time of just over an hour.

He was one of around 1,500 people to tackle the course which took in parks, coastline and the town centre of Sunderland and said afterwards: “At times it was tough as the weather was surprisingly hot at times, and the course was quite hilly. But I loved every minute.”

But there’s no time for Chris to rest on his laurels as his next race is days away.

Chris is one of an estimated 2012 people who will be running a 5-kilometre race in Middlesbrough this Sunday.

Then, he gets a bit of a rest before the Great North 10k run in Gateshead on Sunday, July 22.

His final two challenges will be in September when he tackles the Tees Pride 10k in Middlesbrough on Sunday, September 2, and the 13-mile Great North Run on Sunday, September 16.

Chris, 51, said: “It’s been a good start to the series, but I am determined to keep up the momentum.

“It is important to raise money for a worthy cause. So far, I have got just over £100, but there is plenty of time for people to donate.”

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