Author Terry Deary takes on Holy Island to Durham City relay race

HORRIBLE Histories author Terry Deary is getting set to take on his latest sporting charity challenge.

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary training for his Hadrian's Wall run

HORRIBLE Histories author Terry Deary is getting set to take on his latest sporting charity challenge.

The dedicated runner has already conquered the length of Hadrian’s Wall when he raised £8,000 in September.

Now he is planning ‘Terry’s St Cuthbert’s Relay’ a relay that will run from Holy Island to Durham City over a single day, tracing the route of St Cuthbert’s coffin across the North East countryside.

The event will raise money for children’s charity Integrating Children in North Durham. The charity provides children and young people with disabilities free support to access social, leisure and cultural activities of their choice on a regular basis.

Terry, of Burnhope, Durham, has enlisted the support of friends at Derwentside Athletics Club, but they hope more enthusiastic runners will join them.

The run will begin at 2am on June 30 with runners taking legs of between three and 10 miles each. A special stage will take place at Tynemouth in the afternoon where runners will be joined by children and families from Integrating Children. The relay is expected to finish in Durham City Centre at 11pm on Saturday night, with the team having completed the 114 miles.

As with last year’s event, Terry has already approached celebrity runners and Terry, an Olympic Torch bearer, will be bringing along his Torch for runners to experience what it is like to carry it.

Terry said: “I am inviting runners of all abilities to take part in this exciting run. Stages will take place during the night through the Northumberland countryside and others will be through our towns during the day.

“It is a great chance to run somewhere different and raise money for a good cause at the same time.”

Integrating Children works with around 120 children and young people a year providing about 2,500 activity sessions such as swimming, bowling, support to attend drama clubs, trips and meals out. “They may sound like everyday activities,” said Terry, “but without the support the charity provides many disabled children just don’t get the chance to take part in these very normal pastimes.

“When I agreed to become a patron, I decided I wanted to be an active patron and do as much as I could to raise money and also the profile.

“Integrating Children helps local young people to overcome barriers and we hope to attract a good number of runners to support the cause.”

Details of the run can be found on or through Integrating Children on 07791 800324.

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