Runner takes on Sunderland 10k as part of Olympics challenge

Graham Smith who is running the Sunderland City 10k for the Tony Blair Sports Foundation.
Graham Smith who is running the Sunderland City 10k for the Tony Blair Sports Foundation.
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A WATER company worker will take on the Sunderland City 10k this Sunday as part of an Olympian-themed target he has set himself.

Graham Smith is hoping to run 2,012 miles during this calendar year as he bids to raise a total £2,012 for the Tony Blair Sports Foundation.

Graham is on course to reach his target, having done 630 miles of the challenge so far, equal to a mammoth 24 marathons.

So far this year he has run the equivalent of 5.5 miles each day.

“I can’t wait for Sunday’s run as I didn’t run the 10k last year,” said the 41-year-old distribution technician.

“I’m really looking forward to it as it looks like a great course.”

Graham, who is married to Debra, 42, added that he is in the early stages of his fund-raising but is hopefull he’ll get to £2,012 by the year’s end.

For every £200 Graham generates, the sports foundation is able to put another coach through training and get them working with youngsters across the North East.

He has already raised cash for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, as well as its Heart and Lung Transplant Association.

“I’ve got a long way to go in raising £2,012 but I’ve just got past the £212 mark,” he said.

“It’s going to be hard but I’m sure I can do it.”

The Tony Blair Sports Foundation is also providing a number of volunteers for this weekend’s races on Wearside, which includes the Marathon of the North.

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