Nic going on run to help out hospice

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AN Ashington man is taking part in Sunday’s Liverpool Marathon to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth.

This will be the first time Nic Crofts, a hardy stock expert at Heighley Gate Garden Centre, near Morpeth, has tackled a 26-mile event, but he has done several shorter races before.

The 36-year-old, originally from Liverpool, said: “I’m excited about taking part in the Liverpool Marathon in aid of St Oswald’s.

“I ran the Bupa Great North Run last year, but I haven’t taken part in a marathon before, so it will be a challenge.

“I have been doing a lot of training, and I’ve taken part in three road races already this year – the 5km Bupa Great Winter Run in Edinburgh, the 10km Bupa Great Manchester Run and the Druridge Bay 10km.

“I am currently running twice a week and normally do 20 to 30 miles in total, as well as playing five-a-side football once a week.”

St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth provides specialist care for adults and children with life-limiting conditions.

Nic added: “St Oswald’s is a fantastic cause and one of the garden centre’s charities of the year for 2011.

“I have already collected £907 for three charities from the three races I’ve completed this year, and I am hoping to raise £300 from the Liverpool Marathon for St Oswald’s. I raised £550 for the hospice after completing the Great North Run in 2010.

“Anyone wishing to sponsor me can do so by dropping in to the garden centre, visiting www.justgiving.com/Nic-Crofts3 or texting NICC75 to 70070 with the amount they’d like to give.”