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Janitor Carl Mahoney stepped up a distance to complete the Great North Run – a half marathon – to raise funds for a hospice that cared for his late father.
Carl, who has worked for two years with the Sodexo cleaning team at Unilever Seacroft, in Leeds, went into training for the race with his sister Michelle.
They did some local event running and then in September headed for Newcastle to join what was the 36th Great North Run.
Carl, who usually reckons on running 13 miles in a week, rather than in a day, managed a time of 2 hrs 23 mins while Michelle took just 14 minutes longer.
Together they raised £357 for the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley, Leeds, where their dad had recently been cared for.
Carl, part of a 50-strong Sodexo multi-services team at Unilever Seacroft, intends to carry on training with an eye to competing in the London marathon.
• The Great North Run is one of the largest sporting events in the UK and one of the biggest races in the world. It starts in the centre of Newcastle and the course goes through neighbouring Gateshead towards South Tyneside, with the finish line in South Shields on the coast. Olympian Mo Farah won this year’s race for the fourth consecutive year.
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