A runner has completed the first leg of his two half marathons, raising £1290 for the Professional Drivers Foundation (PDF) Charity.
Ex-lorry driver Steve Jackson completed the gruelling 13 mile Great North Run on Tyneside in 2 hours 2 minutes despite the pouring rain.
Steve was one of nearly 55,000 people taking part in the 31st Great North Run, the second largest half marathon in the world. Every year, participants run from Newcastle city centre to South Shields.
The Great North Run has grown from being a local fun run to a major sporting event.
Steve is due to complete his second and final half marathon in Ireland later this year. The worryingly named ‘Run the Gauntlet’ takes place on Sunday 18th November and will see Steve running through a mountain pass known as The Gap of Dunloe.
The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow pass between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and the Purple Mountains near Killarney. The half marathon takes in some breathtaking scenery such as the Lakes of Killarney and the Black Valley.
Coming from the Fens, renowned for its flatness, Steve anticipates that this race will be even harder to complete as it is very hilly, but he is aiming to increase his total sponsorship to £2000 to be used to help lorry drivers in times of need, and keep the wheels of life turning a little better for them.
The Professional Drivers Association (PDA) established the PDF to protect the welfare of UK lorry drivers. The charity provides help, both financial and advisory, to anyone that holds a vocational driving licence and is in need of support and assistance.
Can you give Steve a helping hand to find the strength to ‘Run the Gauntlet’ for the PDF Charity?
Details on how to make a donation and further information can be found here:
The PDF and all the Trustees relay huge thanks and respect to Steve and have confirmed they’re all behind him for November!