Sunderland runner breaks his fundraising record

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A GREAT North Runner achieved a personal best in fund-raising as he completed the famous race.

Darren Williams, who sits on the board of Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light charity, completed the half marathon in just under three hours.

More importantly, he managed to raise an impressive £1,520 for the Foundation of Light, the most he has ever managed in all his previous fund-raising challenges.

He said: “The Foundation of Light relies on fund-raising for 95 per cent of project costs.

“As a board member I feel that it’s important to raise as much money as possible and the Great North Run was a chance to do this.

“It was my first time running so I found it extremely challenging, but when I crossed the finish line I was thrilled with what I had achieved.

“The foundation works with more than 42,000 young people and their families each year and makes a huge difference in the region.”

Lesley Spuhler, Foundation of Light CEO added: “As a development board member, Darren gives his time and expertise to help make us more efficient and effective, but he has literally gone the extra mile in his personal fund-raising that will have a direct impact on the community. On behalf of everyone at the Foundation of Light I would like to thank Darren and all those who sponsored him.”

In April, daredevil Darren climbed to the top of the Stadium of Light to take part in the Zip Wear challenge.

More than 400 brave souls plunged from the roof of the Black Cats’ home, before sliding across the River Wear and landing at Liebherr Cranes on the opposite bank.

As well has his position with the Foundation of Light, Darren is the founder and managing director of Harland, the worlwide hair and beauty company.

To follow Darren’s. exploits visit