Charity Runners Pound the Streets for Pounds

An intrepid trio laced up their running shoes and put their best feet forward to successfully tackle the latest part of a charity challenge

James Morris together with Roger and Ange Whitehurst completed the Dougie Mac 10k run at the weekend.

Their efforts were part of the ongoing support that award-winning North Staffordshire business James T. Blakeman and Co Ltd are giving the Douglas Macmillan hospice this year.

The three runners joined around 1,800 participants for the run which began in Hanley Park before weaving its way through the Potteries and back to the park for the finishing line.

James, Roger and Ange have already taken part in the Stoke-on-Trent hospice’s other three challenges this year – a 5k run, a Midnight Walk and a lengthy cycle ride.

Medals awarded at each event are fitted together to form a flower which is a lasting memento of their efforts.

The final centre piece of the design can be slotted into place when the trio tackle a walk for the hospice in the coming weeks.

James, who is the Head of Business Development at Newcastle-under-Lyme based Blakemans, said: “The run was pretty tough but we all managed to get round ok. All three of us are delighted to have tackled the four challenges successfully so far and now we just have one to go.

“Most people in this area will either have a family member or loved one who has been helped by the fantastic team at the hospice and it is great we can give something back by having a go at these challenges and raising funds.”

Staff from Blakemans – which is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year - have made the Dougie Mac their nominated charity for 2018.

The business, which is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of sausage and meat producers, have not only tackled the Dougie Mac events but have also staged a hugely successful Family Fun Day for staff as part of their fund-raising activities.

Proceeds from all the events and activities during this special year for Blakemans will eventually go to the worthy cause.

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