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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Ex-soldier to raise funds for Carlisle's children's hospice

A former soldier is joining a team of 20 runners to raise money for Carlisle’s children’s hospice.

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Graeme Nixon

Graeme Nixon, 41, of Smithfield, who left the Armed Forces nearly 20 years ago but is “always training”, decided to take part in the Great North Run to raise funds for the hospice.

Graeme, of Carlisle, said he wanted to take part after completing the Cumbria Run in 2007.

“I felt it was time to try a different challenge and also the fact that my friend coaxed me into doing it was another reason,” he said. “By fundraising for Jigsaw I could see the money I raised being put to good use in my home town.”

More than 55,000 runners take part in the run in the north east and Graeme said he was looking forward to the atmosphere.

“Without doubt, running over the Tyne Bridge will be a special moment, and sharing that moment with so many people too will be amazing,” he added.

“I am always training, I left the Armed Forces in 1995 and I have always tried to keep fit. I stopped smoking three years ago.

“My wife, Sarah, and my son, Gabriel, give me encouragement which is always helpful when you don’t feel like going out for a run.”

Jigsaw, Cumbria’s children’s hospice, is also encouraging people who have already secured a place in the Great North Run to fundraise for the Children’s Hospice at the half marathon challenge. See www.jigsawhospice.org.uk/gnr for more information.

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