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Runners have wind in their sails
10:10am Monday 30th September 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of runners pounded the streets at the 31st Redcar Half-Marathon.
Yesterday’s event saw Paul Pollock, from Belfast, in Northern Ireland, win the men’s race, with Shona Fletcher, from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, coming first in the women’s event.
Running groups from across the North-East competed, as well as amateur atheletes running for local charities. Simon Lawson came first in the men’s wheelchair race, while 17- year-old Jade Jones came first in the women’s wheelchair competition.
The coastal course, which started and finished at the town’s leisure centre, also took in the seafront’s £75m regeneration, including the town’s Beacon vertical pier.
Richard Mason, a sports journalist at The Northern Echo, Darlington and Stockton Times and Durham Times, completed the final stretch of a year-long challenge with two half-marathons and a 10km run inside three weeks to raise more than £750.
The 30-year-old father-ofone, from Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, who suffers from osteoarthritis, set himself the goal of running more than 60 miles this year, raising money for the Finlay Cooper Fund and Alzheimer’s Society, with the final three events squeezed in this month.
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