Metro Radio presenter’s epic run in aid of kids charity

Steve Furnell (right) and Dominic Munnelly, Station Director at Metro Radio, during the 74-mile run for charity. Picture by John Millard.
Steve Furnell (right) and Dominic Munnelly, Station Director at Metro Radio, during the 74-mile run for charity. Picture by John Millard.

A radio presenter put his best foot forward as he ran the length of the Tyne for charity.

Steve Furnell, from Tynemouth, completed the 74-mile run from Deadwater Water, near Kielder, to the finish line at Crusoes on Tynemouth Longsands in 13-and-a-half hours.

Steve Furnell (right) and Dominic Munnelly, Station Director at Metro Radio, during the 74-mile run for charity. Picture by John Millard.

Steve Furnell (right) and Dominic Munnelly, Station Director at Metro Radio, during the 74-mile run for charity. Picture by John Millard.

The 42-year-old – one half of Metro Radio’s Steve and Karen breakfast show – was joined by station director Dominic Munnelly on the run.

The pair was raising money for Cash 4 Kids, a charity to help underprivileged, disabled children in the North East.

And so far donations have topped £7,000.

Steve, a former Ralph Gardener High School pupil, said: “It’s a day I will never forget for as long as I live.

Steve Furnell gets a massage during the 74-mile run for charity. Picture by John Millard.

Steve Furnell gets a massage during the 74-mile run for charity. Picture by John Millard.

“Thank you to everyone who donated and cheered me on along the way. I was overwhelmed.

“I had goosebumps when I reached my home town of North Shields.

“Running along the Fish Quay and seeing people coming out of the restaurants and bars to cheer and clap was an amazing feeling.”

The pair had set off at 4am and finished at 9pm, battling the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching 31c in the Tyne Valley.

Steve, who had completed the London Marathon two weeks earlier, nearly gave up at Hexham due to leg and hip pain, but battled on to finish.