AUTHOR Terry Deary will reach a milestone this weekend.
The Wearside writer is to compete in his 18th Great North Run, with the 68-year-old grandfather to raise funds for Grace House Hospice.
The Southwick care complex is complete, but still needs more cash to ensure it can care for youngsters with life-shortening conditions from across the region.
Terry, who is famous for his Horrible Histories series, said: “I’ve supported Grace House from the start when it was just a dream.
“Though it is the third time I’ve ran for them, it is the first time I have made a concerted effort to raise funds. I am doing so throughout the year. It’s getting longer – it used to take one hour 50 minutes, but now it takes two hours 25 minutes.
“A poll at the eight to 10-mile mark showed everyone agrees the hill is getting steeper.
“But I have the easy bit – running 12 miles is nothing compared to what Grace House parents do every day. I’m no hero. They are the real heroes.”
Terry, who now lives in Burnhope, has teamed up with Whitworth Hall Hotel in County Durham to supports the hospice.