Two to go for Chris...

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A HARTLEPOOL Mail journalist was tired but unbowed after completing the third leg of his five-race challenge for charity.

Head of Features Chris Cordner was one of 5,000 contestants to line up for the Great North 10k on Sunday at Gateshead.

He completed the course in little over an hour and said afterwards: “It felt great. This was a really hilly course, but it was great to run round and the cameraderie among the joggers was wonderful.”

Chris has already completed the 10-kilometre Sunderland City run and the Tees Pride 5-kilometre race in Middlesbrough, both in May.

Still to come are the Tees Pride 10k in Middlesbrough on Sunday, September 2, and the 13-mile Great North Run on Sunday, September 16.

Chris, 51, is doing it all to raise money for the Stroke Association and said: “The toughest part is still to come when I race in Middlesbrough and then tackle the 13-mile Great North Run course two weeks later but it is great to raise money for a worthy cause.

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