A vet is preparing to take part in his first marathon in aid of charity.

Andrew Ward
Andrew Ward is raising funds on behalf of Hounds for Heroes.

Andrew Ward, of St Clair Veterinary Care in Blyth, is heading into the final phase of his training and hopes to raise £621 for Hounds for Heroes – a number that, once he crosses the finishing line, will represent the total miles he has run this year.

Stepping it up

Mr Ward has been running since training for the Great North Run in 2013. He has since completed 17 half marathons, prompting his decision to step up to a full marathon.

The Kielder Marathon takes place on 2 October and follows an almost entirely off-road course around Kielder Water in Northumberland, northern Europe’s largest man-made lake.

Mr Ward said: “I chose the Kielder Marathon because of the stunning scenery and the hills, which add to the challenge of a ‘normal’ marathon”


Training has been going well according to Mr Ward, who said: “I’ve run a combination of long runs and hills, with shorter races over the summer. My favourite is the Borrowdale Trail Race, which covers 13 miles through the Lake District hills.”

“I must admit I’m not looking forward to the final few hills of the marathon, but am looking forward to finishing and having a rest.

“As a vet, I like to raise funds for animal-related charities and Hounds for Heroes provides a fantastic service to the men and women of the armed forces and emergency services, so I hope I can do them proud on the day.”

  • To support Mr Ward, telephone St Clair Veterinary Care on 01670 457271 or visit his JustGiving page.
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