Tom on his marks for first half-marathon

Tom Davison, 17, who will be taking part in his first Great North Run in aid of Barnardo's.
Tom Davison, 17, who will be taking part in his first Great North Run in aid of Barnardo's.
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A teenager is gearing up for his first Great North Run.

Tom Davison will join thousands of others on the start line on Sunday and the 17-year-old, from Whitley Bay, will be among those raising money for children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Tom, an A-Level student at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, has been doing weekly voluntary shifts since last November at the Whitley Bay Barnardo’s charity shop, as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Tom said: “I have never run a half-marathon before, but I have had an interest in running since early high school, where I would frequently do cross-country runs.”

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Tom added: “I’ve already fundraised for Barnardo’s before with a 175ft bungee jump over the River Tyne and decided to use the Great North Run as an opportunity to raise further funds.”

Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s said: “I wish all the runners taking part in this year’s Great North Run good luck.

“It’s not an easy course with lots of hills – but hopefully knowing they will be raising money to support the most vulnerable children in the UK will spur them on.

“A massive thank you to our runners for choosing to support Barnardo’s this year.”

Tom has been fundraising through a car boot sale, coffee morning and a tombola.