AN amateur sportsman will spend the longest day completing the longest run of his life for charity.

Jonathan Stoddart, a clinical trials officer for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, will be taking on a 69-mile run through Hadrian’s Wall country on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, originally from Yarm but now living in Gosforth, will be joined by his friend James Redpath, for the ultra run starting at Carlisle Castle and finishing at Baltic Square, Gateshead, some 15 hours later.

Along the way they will be raising funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which was founded by the former Newcastle United manager in 2008.

The Foundation supports the search for new ways to treat cancer, funding numerous projects in the North East of England.

Mr Stoddart, a keen hockey player, said he was aware of how tough the run would be: “Neither of us has ever run this far before, and I’ve never even entered an organised run before, so it’s going to be a real challenge.

“We’re under no illusions about how tough it will be but have trained hard. And we both strongly believe in the charity we’re raising money for, so that will help push us on.”

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