Running for a reason . . .

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BRIGHOUSE runners were pounding the streets of Newcastle in this year’s Great North Run to raise vital funds for their chosen charities.

Twenty-two-year-old Calvin Lee has raised more than £1,000 for Cardiomyopathy Association in support of his sister’s partner, Darren Gibson, who is waiting for a heart transplant.

Calvin, a transport administrator, of Finkil Street, was hoping to complete the run in under two hours and actually did it in 1 hour and 42 minutes. “It felt really good running with the support of others competing for charity. My thighs and calves were really aching on Monday morning but I’m definitely going to run it again next year for the Cardiomyopathy Association.”

Chris Ioanna, 23, of Rastrick, raised more than £350 for children with cancer. The youngster who works at Togo in Brighouse finished the run in two hours and ten minutes.

“I did the run with a few friends from Teeside University in support of the charity,” he said. “The whole experience was just brilliant. I’m going to apply next year. I am still trying to raise more money now as well.”

Retired postman Dave Woolley completed the run in three hours despite spending 25 minutes in the first aid tent.

“I had a knee injury which I did in training the week before and as I got to the nine mile marker I had to get some first aid,” he said.

The 65-year-old was raising money for the Alzheimers Society in support of his wife Rona.

Gary Taylor of Edward and Co in Bradford Road completed the run in 1 hour and 56 minutes raising around £500 for Amelie’s fund. Amelie Gledhill of Elland suffers from Russells Silver Syndrome a rare condition that affects her growth.

His colleague Fay Johnson completed the run in 2 hours and 3 minutes and raised around £400 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Gary said: “What made it for me was the amount of children sat on the sideline just hi-fiving everyone all the way round, it just makes you realise what you are doing it for.”