For 2 years running, I have set myself a challenge and this years is called “Keith’s Double Challenge” and it will include

31/08 Middlesbrough 10K
7/9 Great North Run
28/9 Loch Ness Marathon
5/10 Kielder Marathon

I will be raising funds for MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) in memory of a close family friend, Colin Brown of Normanby, Middlesbrough who died of the disease in 2009. “Uncle Colin” was greatly involved with the Methodist Church and was youth club leader for over 40 years. Since his passing I have raised over £8000 in aid of the association and my biggest achievement was in 2012 when I completed the London Marathon, my first and raised over £3000. I will be hoping to raise around £500 this year.

I built on my last year’s challenge by adding the Kielder Marathon onto my plan on the way home. I love running in beautiful surroundings and after all the press coverage of a few years ago I earmarked it. Also I have never run a marathon off road so I'm looking forward to the challenge. I am not interested in times this year just completing them after suffering 2 chest infections since late April. In July I thought I would never do anything this year.
I started training again on 3rd August and did 10K at my marathon pace and as long as by mid – September I have run over 21 miles I will be pleased.

Kielder Marathon Weekend is taking place on 4th & 5th October and with a 10K, Run Bike Run, Marathon and Junior Runs there is something for all the family! Sign up today at