A runner is planning to take on this year’s Great North Run for the first time to mark ten years since he lost his dad.
To mark ten years since his father’s death, John-Paul Dickie, 20, from Blyth, will be putting on his running shoes to take on the 13.1mile course.
Student John-Paul said: “My Dad, Ian, died after a long term battle with cancer on June 21, 2005.
“I was only ten at the time, but now it’s the right time to do the run with a reason and meaning for it a decade on.
“My Dad used the St Oswald’s Hospice Outpatient service for many months to go alongside his conventional treatment and from that, saw the benefits of the services offered by the Hospice.
“By running for St Oswald’s, it means that although my Dad is no longer here, the money raised can help towards treatment and care for others in memory of him.”
“Training is currently going well and I’m building myself up to the all-important 13.1 mile mark by exercising in different environments and adding some hills in too,” he added.
John-Paul aims to raise £380 for St Oswald’s through sponsorship from family and friends.
To sponsor John-Paul visit his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/jpdgnr15