THOUSANDS of people will be donning their running boots this weekend, when they take to the tracks for the Great North Run half marathon event.
A number of competitors from across the area are also taking on the challenge, including group of friends, Adam Holmes and David Dennis, both from Alford, and Wesley Everton from Spilsby.
This is their first attempt at running the half marathon and all have been training hard for the big day being held in Newcastle on Sunday (September 18).
Adam said: “I’ve not really been running that long but really started to get into it about a year-and-a-half to two years ago and with this event, we thought we could each raise money for a different charity.
“I’m raising money for Cancer Research UK as this charity is invaluable to so many people and having had a close family member who contracted this terrible disease a few years ago and came out the other side, I would like to help as much as possible.”
David is raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Wesley is running for the Children with Cancer UK charity, in memory of his sister Eva.
If anyone would like to sponsor Adam, David or Wesley visit their fundraising pages at www.justgiving.com/Adam-Holmes, www.virginmoneygiving.com/wesleyeverton, and www.justgiving.com/Daviddenniscarl.
Two Skegness granddaughters, Apollonia Mellors and Shan Chapman, who are both raising money in memory of their grandmothers, are also taking part on Sunday.
To support them visit their Just Giving pages at www,justgiving.com/shan-chapman or /apollonia-mellors.
And Robert Norton and Shaun Rye, both now from Skegness and catering managers at Butlins for the past nine years, are taking on the challenge for the fifth year in a row.
Over the years, the pair have raised between £4,500 and £5,000 for nine different charities and this year’s funds are still to be added.
Robert, who jointly runs Coral Beach at Butlins is raising for NSPCC and Shaun is raising for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Robert said: “Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us.”
To sponsor either Shaun or Robert visit their Just Giving pages at Richard James Norton and Shaun David Rye.