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September 12th 2019

It was a year of records for the Selby Hands of Hope team as they crossed the finish line of the Great North Run.

A group of eighteen runners from Selby took on the worlds biggest half marathon on Sunday, September 8 in support of the charity, and have so far raised £5145.68.

Wayne Fennell was the first of the team home with a new Selby Hands of Hope (SHOH) record of 1 hour 25 minutes and 18 seconds.

Samantha Bugg gained the title of best individual fundraiser after raising £1365.65, the highest amount ever generated for the charity by a runner. Samantha completed the run in 2 hours 24 minutes and 16 seconds.

Adrian Keeble was the second of the runners to finish in a time of 1:37:02, followed by Matthew Whattam (1:42:26), Owen O’Neill (1:47:26), Stephen O’Neill (1:56:38), Steve Geldar (1:58:31), Mike Cussans (2;00:00), Thomas Winn (2:01:57), Adam Durnin (2:02:10), Kirsty Riley (2:02:34), Casandra Fennell (2:03:27), Harry Jackson (2:07:11), Kie Latham (2:10:08), and Adam Cass (2:19:44).

Andy Newlove, Graham Cannon, Lee Carter, Rachel Hall, and Pete Tremble trained for the event but had to withdraw due to injury.

Chairman of the charity, Richard Singh said: “In 2006 I ran the first of nine Great North Runs, and this year was the first time since 2009 that I’ve not travelled to either run or support the team. In that time I’ve raised funds for seven different charities including SHOH, so I’m well placed to appreciate the sacrifice people go through in both training and attempting to gain sponsorship.

“We all have our own personal reasons for completing a challenge such as this, and the fact that in total over 150 people have decided to run and raise funds for SHOH, just blows me away.”

The Great North Run is Selby Hands of Hope’s biggest fundraising event of the year and the charity have already had people wanting to run next year.

Richard added: “Runners are keeping fit, achieving their goals, and also inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. The fact they are also raising funds for SHOH is the perfect outcome.”

The chairman thanked all the runners and the people who have sponsored them, and Micheal O’Reilly and McDonald’s, Selby for providing the runners with shirts.

If you would like to add your name to next year’s list email

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