James puts on his running shoes for Macmillan

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After completing his first 10k last year, James Kacperek, Head of Customer Excellence at BES Utilities, was inspired to sign up for the Great North Run which he has just completed, raising hundreds of pounds for charity in the process.

Broadcast live on BBC One, the Great North Run is the biggest half marathon in the world with over 57,000 runners taking part in the famous 13.1 mile run from Newcastle Upon Tyne to South Shields.

Broadcast live on BBC One, the Great North Run is the biggest half marathon in the world with over 57,000 runners taking part in the famous 13.1 mile run from Newcastle Upon Tyne to South Shields.

James chose to enter the Great North Run as it’s meant to be the most difficult half marathon, and after training with his partner Becky for months, spurring each other on, they completed the majority of the run together before she ran ahead and beat him by a minute!

“This is the hardest thing I have ever done,” said James. “It was sweltering, and it felt like a lot of the run was uphill, but I beat the time I was aiming for and I’ve raised hundreds of pounds for a really worthy charity, so I’m over the moon.”

Even though James has now completed his challenge, it’s not too late to donate to Macmillan, just click here to contribute.

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