Runners all set to raise charity cash

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Staff at Whitby Seafoods are once again stepping up to a charity challenge as they prepare to take on the Great North Run next month.

Seven members of staff and some other runners they have recruited along the way will be taking on the half marathon distance in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis charity - less than a year after they took on a 10k for the same cause.

The colleagues were so overwhelmed by their achievements and the £3,600 raised last year that they wanted to do more.

Once again work talk has been taken over by training talk as the team prepare for the event in Newcastle.

Mark Teasdale is the finance manager at Whitby Seafoods. Not a fan of fitness previously he has been spurred into action after his son Jack was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis shortly after birth in December 2013 and is now a member of Scarborough Athletic Club, running between six miles to 13 miles.

Mark said: “Running has never been in my life before.

“Part of managing cystic fibrosis is to encourage physical fitness and there were three reasons why I wanted to do this.

“One of the main things is raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis charity, I have never been one for playing rugby or football but I love running an d hopefully it is something that Jack and I can do together.

“Jack is doing really well but we don’t know whether that is the preventative measures or his condition.”

Along with Mark, the runners will be Lauren Davidson (assistant management accountant, Emma Grange (human resources officer), Sam Crooks (engineer), Edward Whittle (operations director), Siobhan Robinson (sales administrator), Megan Graham (brand development co-ordinator)and Leoni Bradnam and Michelle Myers.