FOOTSORE fund-raiser Terry Deary is feeling grand after his latest charity effort.
The Horrible Histories author, from Sunderland, expects to raise about £2,000 for his favourite good cause from his St Cuthbert’s Relay.
Terry, pictured right, roped in friends from Derwentside Athletics Club to take part in the challenge, running from Holy Island to Durham City in a single day.
The money raised will go to County Durham charity Integrated Children, which works with about 120 children and young people a year.
The charity provides about 2,500 activity sessions such as swimming, bowling, support to attend drama clubs, trips and meals out – everyday activities that many disabled children are unable to enjoy.
Integrated Children is a cause close to Terry’s heart. Last year he ran the length of Hadrian’s Wall to raise cash for it.
St Cuthbert’s Relay set off from the Priory on Lindisfarne at 3am on Saturday, and reached Durham at 10pm, a full hour ahead of schedule.
“It went remarkably well,” said Terry. We were particularly lucky with the weather.
“Everybody was really excited and to make it to Durham for 10pm was quite an achievement.”
Terry was delighted with the support from his fellow runners.
“As we walked away from the cathedral, everybody was talking about what we are going to do next year.”
“Some people really suffered. They came off the road after running 20 miles with strained knees and old injuries recurring.
“Our club treasurer Colin Brothers is 65. He fell flat on his face running through Amble, but just picked himself up and carried on.
“It is just so heartening that people don’t make a fuss at things like that, they just get on with it.
“That is wonderful to see.”
Anyone wanting to find out more about the work of Integrated Children or to sponsor Terry can visit www.terrysrun.co.uk or call the charity on 0779 180 0324.