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Fran is running 21.1k for MUG!

Fran is running 21.1k for MUG!

Thursday 22 August 2019

Local runner Francis Snoding will be taking part in the Great North Run 2019 on Sunday 8th September in aid of Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG). 

Francis will be joining 50,000 fellow runners who will be running a total of 13.1 miles, starting at Newcastle's City Centre, heading across the Tyne Bridge before finishing on the South Shields coast.

Francis began his running journey two years ago at the age of 52, initially running the Guernsey park runs on a regular basis. 

After completing and thoroughly enjoying MIND Charity's 10k run last September, Francis decided it was time to aim for a larger goal.

Francis, comments; 'The Great North Run was on TV and it looked like a fantastic event. I vowed to do it and as soon as entries were open at the start of this year I entered it.' 

Aware of the big difference in distance to his previous runs, Francis ramped up his training at the beginning of this year before suffering a calf injury in April. Following the injury, Francis became more determined to rebuild his strength and continue preparing for the Great North Run.

Francis is currently back running three times a week, as well as training with Andy Perkins and Lee Merrien. He is looking to be in great mental and physical shape for September 8th. 

He started strength and conditioning training with Andy Perkins during recovery which helped keep his fitness levels up. Once recovered Francis also started taking sessions with Lee Merrien to further get his body in shape for a half marathon.

Francis entered the Great North Run as an individual so he could pick to run for his own chosen charity that benefits his local community.

Francis goes on to say; 'I entered a charity golf event and Chris Walker and Trevor Kelham were there raising money for MUG.  They explained that they were looking to raise funds to contribute to a new prostate scanner for the hospital which will benefit around 100 local men per year.

'Having had friends suffer from prostate issues, I wanted to do something to help. I'm excited to be running in aid of MUG and to contribute to the new equipment needed at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.'

Tony Tostevin, MUG Council Member, concludes; 'It's always fantastic when members of the public want to support MUG. We all wish Francis the best of luck in the Great North Run.'

You can sponsor Francis by heading to his JustGiving page:   https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/francis-snoding-mug