Sunderland parkrun

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Not exactly sure of how late we arrived at Sunderland but I’m guessing maybe an hour to an hour and a half. As I said earlier, we didn’t care but we had to keep people up to date on social media incase they wanted to join us.


We were joined on the Sunderland leg by Brian Bailes, dressed head to toe in a Santa suit! This certainly lifted our spirits and the 45 minute car journey up to Sunderland certainly helped too.


As with Stewart, we didn’t know the exact route but we were pretty close. Despite the long rest and the santa suit, Lee and I stumbled around Sunderland parkrun. One of the highlights of the day was still to come though and in was in the way of a girl (who we still don’t know the name of). She chased after us and made a very generous donation. She said she had been following our challenge throughout the day on Twitter and to keep going. What we were doing was amazing and it really was worth it. The tears in her eyes were clear to see, so we assumed that Tiny Lives had played a part in her life at some point.  If you’re reading this and it was you, please get in touch. This lifted us no end and it helped us to complete run number eight. Thank-you.


Eight down and only four to go!


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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