Run is a family affair

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A FATHER and daughter will be putting their best feet forward to pound the pavements of Newcastle this month.

Jon Lewis, 49, from Market Weighton, and his daughter Ami, 20, will be among the runners taking part in the 13-mile BUPA Great North Run (GNR) on 18 September.

The event will be their first half marathon and they are hoping to cross the finishing line in 2hrs 30mins and raise £800 for children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent.

Jon said: “I recently completed the Jane Tomlinson 10K in Hull and, whilst flushed with success, my daughter Ami challenged me to the GNR. I am pleased to say that she is taking part as well!

“Also this year I will be celebrating my 50th birthday, and Ami is getting married so it seemed like the perfect way to mark two milestone events and support a truly worthy cause at the same time.

“We already have had tremendous support from The Market Weighton Community shop, The Revenue Cutter Association and Ambex Ltd, as well as from family and friends.”

Every day ten families are told that their child has cancer, and CLIC Sargent is there from the point of diagnosis to help the family cope with the impact of cancer, its treatment and life after treatment.

Kirsty McLatchie, running events manager for CLIC Sargent, said “We are delighted that Jon and Ami have chosen to run for CLIC Sargent.

“It costs CLIC Sargent around £3,750 to support each child or young person through treatment.

“Lack of funds means that the charity can only help two out of three children and young people with cancer. That’s why we need more runners like Jon and Ami to go that extra mile for CLIC Sargent.

To find out more about joining the CLIC Sargent running team visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/running

To sponsor Jon and Ami please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AmiLewis