Nic going on run to help out hospice

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 or texting NICC75 to 70070 with the amount they’d like to give.”