Darlington runners take on London Marathon charity challenge

The Advertiser Series: Paul Cook nears the finish line at the 2013 London Marathon Paul Cook nears the finish line at the 2013 London Marathon

FIVE friends are taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise funds for a leading cancer charity.

Paul Cook, from Darlington, and his friends Mark Haymer, Mike King and Jamie and Charlie Gardner, hope raised more than £10,000 for Children with Cancer UK by the time they complete the 26.2-mile race on Sunday, April 13.

Mr Cook, who is a member of Darlington Harriers, ran the marathon for the same charity last year and hopes even more people with support the cause this time around.

“I knew I wanted to raise funds for a children’s charity as I am a father myself,” said Mr Cook, 39.

“The more I learn about Children with Cancer UK, the more passionate I feel about the cause. I can’t imagine what it must be like for the children or their parents.”

To help them reach their fundraising target, the team has organised a charity ball and auction at Rockliffe Hall Hotel on Friday, March 7.

Top athletes and many local businesses have donated prizes for the event, including the Newton Aycliffe-based shower designer and manufacturer Roman.

Tickets have already sold out for the ball but people can still support the team by making an online donation at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Londonmarathon2014

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