A CITY bus driver smashed through a fundraising target when taking on his first half marathon.
George Clark, who works for Stagecoach North East, completed the Redcar Half Marathon in just over two hours after going on a health kick during the past year.
The 55-year-old slimmed down to try and reach a £300 target for his chosen charity, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation.
George raised more than four times that amount, with friends, family and colleagues pledging £1,300.
The total was doubled after Stagecoach matched the amount, meaning he is passing on £2,600 to the worthy cause.
George, from Town End Farm, Sunderland, chose the charity as his brother-in-law, Trevor Clough, 53, has the illness.
He said: “I only started running a little over a year ago in a bid to lose weight and get fit, but I enjoy it so much I thought I’d enter the Redcar Half Marathon as an additional incentive and to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer.
“My brother-in-law suffers from this form of cancer so to raise funds to help the cause and do some good means a lot.
“On the day of the race it was extremely windy so I found it quite tough.
“Six other drivers from Stagecoach did it with me, so I appreciated the support.
“I never expected to raise so much money - it’s unbelievable and I’m utterly flabbergasted.
“I’d like to thank everyone who donated and Stagecoach for matching the funds.”
George, who is based at Stagecoach’s Monkwearmouth depot, now plans to take part in the Great North Run in September next year.
Rachel Geliamassi, operations manager at Stagecoach North East’s Sunderland Depot, said: “We’re very proud of George and his achievement for a great cause, the whole depot was behind him.
“Pancreatic Cancer is obviously a worthwhile cause that means a lot to George so Stagecoach was happy to match his funding and contribute.”