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Superheroes who will be taking part in the marathon of the Noreth in aid of Grace House Childre's Hospice. Pictured l-r are James Bowness, Tom Townend, Daniel Garvock, Ross Finch and Chris Sibley.

Superheroes who will be taking part in the marathon of the Noreth in aid of Grace House Childre's Hospice. Pictured l-r are James Bowness, Tom Townend, Daniel Garvock, Ross Finch and Chris Sibley.

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THESE Clark Kents will hit the roads of Sunderland this weekend for a super charity effort which will make them hospice heroes.

Podiatrist Ross Finch will be joined by five pals as they take on the team relay at the Marathon of the North on Sunday, in aid of Grace House children’s hospice.

The lads, who are taking part dressed as Superman, will be joined by thousands of other runners at the weekend extravaganza, which also includes a 10k event, a half marathon and a full marathon, as well as the marathon relay. All races start and end at the Stadium of Light.

The Sunderland superheroes will be helping out Grace House ahead of Children’s Hospice Week, which starts on Monday and ends on Friday, May 3. Ross, whose practice is in Grange Terrace, near Sunderland city centre, said: “It’s great to be associated with a local charity, and I’m looking forward to doing events like the Marathon Relay and Great North Run in the future to raise funds for Grace House.

“My podiatry practice has been open for just over a year, and I thought I would also have one day every three months where I would donate 25 per cent of the takings to Grace House. The first one will be on Friday, May 3, and if anyone would like to book a treatment they can ring me on 510 1608.”  

Karen Maclennan, senior fund-raiser at Grace House Hospice, thanked Ross and his friends for pledging their support.

She has called on others to get involved in Superhero Friday during hospice week, when people are being urged to dress up.

She said: “I think it is marvellous that Ross and his friends are supporting us during Children’s Hospice Week, and I think it is wonderful that they are entering into the spirit and all dressing up as superheroes. Superhero Friday is easy, fun, and a great way to make a real difference to the lives of children, who are not expected to reach adulthood, and their families.”

Those taking part in Sunday’s races will be on their marks for a 10am start.

Runners can still register at www.marathonofthenorth.co.uk.

Those who would like to take part and raise money for Grace House contact Karen for a fundraising pack on 525 2885.