David is on his marks for run

David Vasey, from Whitley Bay, who will be taking part in his fifth Great North Run to raise money for St Oswald's Hospice.
David Vasey, from Whitley Bay, who will be taking part in his fifth Great North Run to raise money for St Oswald's Hospice.

A runner is on his marks to take part in his fifth Great North Run.

David Vasey, from Whitley Bay, will be joining thousands of others in the half marathon on September 13.

The 35-year-old will be raising money for St Oswald’s Hospice in member of his father-in-law Dave Walter, who received treatment at the cancer hospice before his death in May 2014.

David, an IT trainer at Sintons Law, said: “My father-in law passed away in May 2014 after a short battle with cancer. During this period he had prolonged stays at the Hospice.

“He was a big runner himself and very supportive of me. Having seen first-hand the top care and hard work within the Hospice I wanted to try and give something back.”

David has set a target of £300. To sponsor him visit his page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidVasey

He added: “I have set a challenge from 2015 onwards to complete at least two half marathons a year for charity. I ran the Blackpool Half Marathon in April this year.

“Having ran a half marathon in April I was in much better shape than usual but developed an injury straight after. I have slowly recovered and my training is well on target, I’m currently completing at least one 10 mile run each week.

“It’s a cliché, but I always look forward to the crowds support and the charities support on the day. To any first timers, the crowd will spur you on and keep you going.”

Helen Alderson, fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said: “We are so grateful to David for supporting us at this year’s Blackpool half marathon and Great North Run; I think it’s a wonderful way to remember his father in law.

“We hope he has a brilliant day and soaks up the atmosphere. We’ll be there to cheer him on as he reaches the finish line.”