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John Paul is running in memory of his Dad

To mark 10 years since his father’s death, John-Paul Dickie, 20, from Blyth, Northumberland, is taking part in this years’ Morrisons Great North Run in aid of St Oswald’s.

John-Paul, a Journalism student at the University of Lincoln, said:

“My Dad, Ian, died after a long term battle with cancer on June 21st 2005. I was only 10 at the time, but now it's the right time to do the run with a reason and meaning for it a decade on.

“My Dad used the St Oswald’s Hospice Outpatient service for many months to go alongside his conventional treatment and from that, saw the benefits of the services offered by the Hospice. By running for  St Oswald's, it means that although my Dad is no longer here, the money raised can help towards treatment and care for others in memory of him.”

John-Paul aims to raise £380 through sponsorship from family and friends. To sponsor John-Paul visit his Just Giving page.

John-Paul finished:

"Training is currently going well and I'm building myself up to the all-important 13.1 mile mark by exercising in different environments and adding some hills in too.

“On the day, I'm most looking forward to just being part the massive event that the Great North Run is and reaching personal goals, all whilst raising money for a charity I've got close connections too.”

If you would like to register your interest in running for us next year, please give us a call on 0191 246 9123. If the Great North Run isn’t for you, check out our Life List and see if any of our other challenges inspire you to support us.