Midnight Marathon runners make a mint for charity

11 June 2015

Action4Smiles runners

A team of nocturnal fundraisers have raised £1,700 by running in the dark to a lighthouse …

The latest challenge organised by Keith Harbottle and his Action4Smiles fundraising initiative, which supports The Alan Shearer Foundation, involved a sponsored Midnight Marathon through the streets of Newcastle to Whitley Bay.

The eight-strong band of volunteers ran the course which took them from the Royal Marine Reserve Centre on Newcastle Quayside through Walker and Wallsend, along the Coast Road to St Mary's lighthouse - and all the way back again! The actual distance was longer than a marathon at 28.2 miles which the athletes completed in four hours 45 minutes at the weekend.

"This is an incredible feat by the team," said St Cuthberts Care Fundraising Manager, Nicola Milne, "We are extremely grateful to everyone who took part and to all those who sponsored them. All the money raised will help support the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle, with its specialist resources for disabled children and adults."

The Midnight Marathon runners were Kim Bewick, Keith Christie, Ron Crawshaw, Stu Dixon, Helen King, Ash Loader and Rob Spoor lead by Keith and with Steve Carey driving the support vehicle.

For more information, donate or to sign up to join one of Keith's future fundraising feats visit his Action4Smiles website.