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A big hello to Gary!

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Here is the second of our #EOTNambassadors tackling the Half Marathon in May. Meet Gary!

“I’m 44 a dad of two and married to Lisa and I run my own small business making medal hangers. I love it when someone chooses one of our medal hangers to display all their hard earned medals. I’m lucky to be able to run commute. This lets me get pretty much all my running in without too much time away from my family. It’s a real treat if Lisa and I get to run together. It usually involves pancakes at the finish if we do!

I’ve ran on and off since my 20’s. I have a vague memory of running a 10K in London with some work friends. I enjoyed getting fit and running around London was great, but I always stopped running until the panic of the next race kicked kicked in. I continued like this until I had a disappointing Great North Run in 2008. After that I started to take running more seriously.

In 2012 I entered the Marathon of the North. I didn’t know it at the time, but this run started me on a running journey that I hope is far from over. It’s funny, I had no desire to run a marathon, but something about it just got under my skin. At the finish I was a bit of a mess and said never again, but I have finished 81 marathons now so It mustn’t have been that bad. Fingers crossed I’ll get to 100!

 I have ran Kielder marathon and the Durham City Run 10K which I found to be great local races organised by Events of the North. My wife ran Durham last year so it’s my turn in 2018!

Even though I love the marathon training for the Sunderland half marathon will be a refreshing change and a great challenge for 2018. A half marathon PB would be fantastic, but I really just want to enjoy the day. Hopefully a shorter faster race will help with my marathon time too!

I’m not sure why, but It took me ages to join a running club and now I’m a member of three! Sedgefield Harriers, Run Peterlee and The North East Marathon Club. A goal for 2018 is to become a coach and help out more. I’ve met so many great and inspiring people at all the clubs who give up so much of their time it just seems right I give something back.”

 Give Gary a follow on Twitter @NE_runner

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