Author Deary runs for charity

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AUTHOR Terry Deary is inviting Wearsiders to join him in a relay challenge.

The Horrible Histories writer, who is from Sunderland, is calling on people to take part in Terry’s St Cuthbert’s Relay, from Holy Island to Durham City in a day.

The 114-mile charity event, on June 30, will be broken down into legs of between three and 10 miles, so runners of all abilities can take part.

Terry hopes to raise more than £5,000 for County Durham charity Integrating Children.

The author has been chosen to be an Olympic torch bearer. He will be taking the iconic torch to the relay to give runners a chance to find out what it’s like to carry it.

Terry said: “I am inviting runners of all abilities to take place in this exciting run.

“Stages will take place during the night through the Northumberland countryside and others will be through our towns during the day.

“Integrating Children helps local young people to overcome the barriers and we hope to attract a good number of runners to support this cause.”

Terry has enlisted the help of his fellow runners at Derwentside Athletics Club and he has also approached celebrity runners to take part.

Last September, Terry ran the length of Hadrian’s Wall and helped to raise more than £8,000 for Integrating Children, which helps youngsters with disabilities access social, leisure and cultural activities on a regular basis.

Terry said: “It is so important for a charity to be well known in order for them to be able to raise funds. The last run was so successful and we now want to be able extend the projects available.”

The Terry’s St Cuthbert’s Relay will include a special stage in Tynemouth where runners will be joined by children and families from Integrating Children.

The aim is to give youngsters involved with the charity a chance to be part of the fund-raising.

The relay is expected to finish in Durham city centre at 11pm on the Saturday night, after the team has completed the 114 miles.

Terry will be carrying his Olympic torch through Barnard Castle on June 20.

To enter Terry’s St Cuthbert’s Relay, or to make a donation towards the fund-raising challenge visit website www.terrysrun.co.uk

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