Heart disease is heartless.
I know first-hand the devastating impact it can have on families across the UK because heart disease took my father from me when he was just 50.
Each year, over 6,800 lives are lost to heart and circulatory disease in the North East. The need to find new ways to fight it is urgent.
By taking part in the British Heart Foundation’s new MyMarathon challenge you can help accelerate this fight by funding the vital research that is so desperately needed to end this terrible suffering.
I’m calling on everyone in the region to take part and challenge themselves to run the 26.2 miles this May. You can run it at your own pace in your own time, whether that’s over four hours, four days, or four weeks, so now everyone can go the distance.
Sign up today at www.bhf.org.uk/mymarathon