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Wynyard man takes on Great North Run in memory of his father
A SON whose late father suffered from dementia will take part in the Great North Run in his honour this weekend.
Ron Smith, of Wynyard near Stockton, hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for Alzheimer’s Research UK by completing the world’s biggest half marathon in Newcastle on Sunday (September 15).
The 45-year-old project manager will run in memory of his father, also called Ronald, who died in January at the age of 86 and suffered from dementia.
Mr Smith senior was a popular character in his hometown of Sedgefield in County Durham and his wife, Audrey, was inundated with sympathy cards following his death.
Mr Smith junior was very close to his father and said he often thought of him during training sessions.
“I miss my Dad a lot and wish he was still around,” he said. “When I go for a jog he is always in my mind. I miss him and love him.
“He made me who I am today and will be forever grateful for all that he did for me.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Mr Smith can do so at virginmoneygiving.com/RonSmith
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