December 8 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A keen runner from Gidea Park is preparing to tackle two half marathons for a brain cancer charity.
Jon Hare, 42, who lives in Station road, will raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity by completing the Great North Run on Sunday as well as the Polar Night Half Marathon in Norway in January.
The runner was inspired to support the charity after discovering his friend Sarah Burrows’ husband Gideon was suffering from an inoperable brain tumour.
Jon, who recently completed the National Lottery Anniversary Run, said: “Gideon is such an inspirational guy.
“Hopefully I can make as much money as I can, as only two per cent of the money given to cancer research goes to brain tumours.”
One of Jon’s former colleagues battled a tumour and he has also seen a set of siblings lose their father suddenly to the illness.
Jon, who has a theatre production business, has been training since April for Sunday’s run, which will begin in Newcastle and end in South Shields.
He has already raised £492 of his £500 target and hopes to finish in under two hours.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’m not going to worry about the Norway one until it happens, but I will be running in sub-zero temperatures and darkness.
“The conditions are also extreme, there could be blizzards, or rain, or it could be fine!”
To donate to Jon’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/Jon-Hare1.
To read Gideon’s blog about living with a brain tumour, go to www.ngomedia.org.uk/tumourist.
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