Fearless runner makes second attempt to run the coast-to-coast

Mick Monkman of Silksworth who is running 135 miles non - stop to raise money for Grace House. He is seen here beside the Grace House car
Mick Monkman of Silksworth who is running 135 miles non - stop to raise money for Grace House. He is seen here beside the Grace House car
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FEARLESS fund-raiser Mick Monkman will push through the pain barrier when he runs the 135-mile coast to coast route non-stop.

The 37-year-old is taking on the mammoth challenge, from Workington in Cumbria, to Sunderland, in aid of Sunderland children’s hospice Grace House.

Mick starts his gruelling run at 5am on Saturday and is aiming to arrive in Roker on Sunday.

The attempt follows another charity challenge Mick carried out last year, this time in aid of Forces charity Help for Heroes.

He was attempting to run the Coast to Coast route and completed 104 miles before having to stop in Consett, County Durham, just 23 miles from home.

He had a nose bleed lasting hours which meant he was severely dehydrated.

This weekend’s route will be about eight miles longer than last year’s attempt.

“It’s a little bit further, just for a bit more punishment!” said Mick, who works at a quality technician and lives with partner Helen Blake, 32.

“But it’s something I’ve been training for for four or five years now.

“I just missed out last year, but I’ve changed all the training I do and hopefully this time it will go a lot more smoothly.

“I raised just short of £2,000 last year and because I’ve organised this one at short notice I’m hoping to get about £1,000.

Monitoring Mick’s effort will be two support cars containing family members.

His dad George and brother Stephen will be in one vehicle, with Helen’s sister Angela and her partner Iain in another.

Mick is hoping that an improved training regime and preparation will see him conquer the route.

“I haven’t done as many runs this time,” he said.

“But the runs I have done have been longer.

“I’ll be taking a lot more different foods and drinks this time.”

If all goes to plan, Mick hopes to arrive in Roker between 5pm and 7pm on Sunday.

To sponsor Mick’s 135-mile run, go to www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/therevengeofmicksbigrun

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The Echo’s Hospice of Hope Appeal aims to raise £20,000 for a playpark at the Grace House children’s hospice, which is being built in Southwick.

The campaign has so far gathered just short of £5,000.

You can text a donation by texting PARK12 followed by the amount they wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £5) to 70070.

Any amount between £1 and £10 can be sent to the charity.

Cheque or postal orders in aid of the appeal can also be sent in, which should be made payable to Northeast Press Ltd – Sunderland Echo Charity Account.

Written on the reverse should be “Grace House Hospice of Hope Appeal”.

They should then be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

We also want to hear about your fund-raising efforts for the campaign.

Contact David Allison on 501 7137 or david.allison@northeast-press.co.uk.