Paul puts in a great effort for charity

Paul Haddon at the Great North Run finish area in South Shields.
Paul Haddon at the Great North Run finish area in South Shields.

A fund-raiser has given a regional charity a further boost after taking part in three running events.

On Sunday, Paul Haddon completed the Great North Run, a 13.1-mile half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields.

He ran the Great North 5k a day earlier along the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside and in July, he did the Great North 10k.

The 47-year-old was running for Bright Red – a charity based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. It aims to improve the lives and treatment of people with blood cancer across the north of England through care, education and research programmes.

His mother, Valerie, had received excellent care at the hospital during her 16-month battle with a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma (a type of blood cancer). She died in January 2013.

Mr Haddon, who grew up in Pegswood, decided to run the 84-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall from Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast of England to Wallsend on the east last autumn in her memory. He was joined by friend Liam Kelly and just over £5,000 was raised for Bright Red, including Gift Aid funds.

The total has now gone up to more than £6,600.

“I put my name forward when Bright Red said it may be able to get a few places for the Great North Run and I was delighted when it was successful,” said Mr Haddon.

“I added the 10k and 5k to the fund-raising and to add a bit of spice, I set out to achieve a combined personal best time for the three distances. I managed to achieve this with a total of three hours, six minutes and 46 seconds.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere on Sunday and lots of people at the side of the road were encouraging all the runners. I didn’t ease up in the final stretch in order to overtake a man dressed as a dinosaur as I didn’t want to be beaten by a dinosaur costume.

“I have received amazing support from family, friends and work colleagues. I’m very grateful to them and others who have donated to such a great cause.”

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