Journalist is taking lead for charity

06 Mar Journalist is taking lead for charity

A CRICKETING journalist is training for this year’s Great North Run in aid of The Chronicle Sunshine Fund – and has urged others to follow his lead.

Chronicle live blog editor Dan Milligan will be one of almost 60,000 runners in September’s event, raising cash for the charity which provides specialist equipment to disabled children in the North East.

A limited number of places are still available for the half marathon through the charity.

Lancaster-born Dan, who moved to Gosforth last year and is a keen cricketer, said: “I have always been sporty and did some running in my spare time, but I wanted to set myself more of a challenge so I could get fit in time for the cricket season.

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“I have also found it to be a good way to get to know the area.

“So far I have been mainly sticking to Gosforth and the town moor but will be heading further afield for longer runs.

“My uncle and godfather are both keen marathon runners and I have always wanted to give the London Marathon a go so hopefully the Great North Run will be a step on the way.”

Consett Cricket Club’s new fast bowler added: “I heard about the Sunshine Fund when I started at the Chronicle and have read a lot about them since.

“I have been involved in coaching both abled and disabled youngsters in sport and I know how important it is to give them an opportunity in life – that is what the Sunshine Fund does.

“I would encourage anyone out there to not only run this amazing event for the whole experience of the day and the challenge, but also because it is for such a good cause.”

Places are subject to a £52 registration fee and commitment to raise at least £300 for the charity, which will provide runners with a training plan and fundraising ideas.

There will also be a Sunshine Fund hospitality tent at the end of the 13.1 miles, with sports massage and refreshments available.

Rebecca Jama, marketing and events executive for the charity, said: “A huge thanks to everyone who has signed up so far – we are thrilled by all of the support.

“Places are going quickly but we do have a limited number available.

“We are looking forward to welcoming all our runners back to the hospitality tent to celebrate at the end of the run.”

To sponsor Dan, who is hoping to raise £1,000 and complete the run in under two hours, visit justgiving.com/Dan-Milligan.

And to request a place running on behalf of the Sunshine Fund, email rebecca.jama@ncjmedia.co.uk.

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