Couple pull on running shoes for charity

Charitable...Steve and Lisa Lewis.
Charitable...Steve and Lisa Lewis.

Royal Marine officer Captain Steve Lewis and his wife Lisa are gearing up to tackle this year’s Great North Run on Sunday for charity.

The Beverley couple will be among 56,000 people taking part in the 13.1 mile half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields.

Capt Steve Lewis has also decided to add a 2km swim and 80-mile cycle to the challenge before meeting his wife Lisa at the start line of the Great North Run.

He said: “Nowadays just completing the run is not seen as much of a challenge, therefore I had to think of other ideas. With my background in triathlon, this seemed the perfect solution.”

Capt Lewis started triathlon in 2004 and has represented Great Britain three times at world and European championships.

Although he stopped racing competitively in 2009, he still enjoys the sport and can be seen training regularly on the local roads.

The challenge will see Capt Lewis start with a swim across the Solway Firth from Annan in Dumfries to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria.

He will then swap his wetsuit for cycling shoes and ride across the UK to Newcastle before completing the Great North Run.

The couple will be raising funds for Combat Stress and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

When asked why he has chosen these charities, Capt Lewis explained: “Having been in the Royal Marines for 17 years, you get to see the immense effort and service delivered by these charities. It has been recognised that support to our forces will continue long into their military and civilian lives, most of which will come via charitable sources.”

The couple’s fundraising page can be found at www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/greatnorthchallenge.