CHILDREN’S author Terry Deary is to be joined by a host of celebrities and sports stars on his epic run along Hadrian’s Wall.
The Wearside creator of the popular Horrible Histories series is to cover the length of the historic landmark in just six days to help raise funds for disabled youngsters.
He will then set off on the Great North Run 24 hours later.
The Terry’s Hadrian’s Wall Run, which will take place next month, will help Durham-based charity Integrating Children.
Now a host of famous names, including Wearside-born Bread actress Melanie Hill, Paralympic gold medallist Tanni Grey-Thompson, mountaineer Alan Hinkes, and BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown and weathergirl Hannah Bayman have announced they will be accompanying him and fellow runners on the 103-mile sponsored slog.
The 65-year-old, from Sunderland, said: “All the funds will go directly to the charity.
“We have a few places left for people wanting to join us on our daily route across Hadrian’s Wall and supporters can sponsor me directly via the official website.”
Veteran runner Terry, who has completed 14 Great North Runs, is best known for the series of popular children’s history books, Horrible Histories, which have recently been adapted for television, appearing first on CBBC and now BBC1, narrated by Stephen Fry.
He said he hopes the feat will help boost the charity, which provides children and young people with disabilities free support to access social, leisure and cultural activities.
“Runners can join me and my supporting celebrities,” he said. “I’ll need all the help I can get.”
Richard Taylor, chairman of Integrating Children, said: “We are delighted that Terry is taking on such an impressive challenge to raise funds for Integrating Children.”
The run will start on September 12 at Bowness-on-Solway and end in Wallsend.
Terry will then take part in the Bupa Great North Run.
To get involved in the run, or for more information, visit www. terrysrun.co.uk.