Richard’s a Shining example

HARTLEPOOL Mail reporter Richard Mennear is back on the news trail after spending the weekend trekking around Manchester in aid of charity.

The kind-hearted 27-year-old took part in Shine, a 26.2-mile night-time walk through the city, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

He took part in the marathon challenge with Ian Smith, 51, father of his partner Kelly Smith, and having completed his third Shine in a row, finished in seven hours and 17 minutes, a personal best.

He said he and Ian think they will have raised about £500 between them following the mammoth trek, which started at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground and passed the Etihad Stadium, the Salford Quays as well as weaving in and out of the city centre three times.

Richard, who lives with Kelly in the town, joined thousands of others during the event.

He said: “I’m very proud of my personal best, I didn’t feel too bad at the end.

“We pretty much power-walked the route, which was good.

“The following day I suffered with aching limbs and blisters but am not feeling too bad.”

The pair set off at 9pm on Saturday and reached the finish line at 4.17am, where they were met by Kelly’s mum, Frances and sister Dayna, 23. There is still time to sponsor former Brierton Comprehensive School pupil Richard.

Richard was inspired by the Hartlepool Mail’s Race for Fitness campaign, which aims to get at least 2,012 people in Hartlepool and East Durham looking to improve their health during this Olympic year.

He said: “It’s a really great cause and there were a lot of inspiring stories from the other participants along the way. I’m still considering whether to do it next year.”

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