110 Mile Race Runner To Go The Distance For Air Ambulance

 

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110 Mile Race Runner To Go The Distance For Air Ambulance

By Daniel Baxter
 

September 25, 2010 - A Northumberland runner is going the extra mile or 110 to help support the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA). The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) is an English charity based in the United Kingdom. It provides air ambulance services across the North of England from the Scottish border south to North Yorkshire in the east and Cumbria in the west.  

GNAA currently operates two helicopters, one near Penrith, Cumbria and one at Durham Tees Valley Airport. The third aircraft a Bolkow Bo 105 based at Otterburn Army Camp Northumberland was officially retired in February 2010 having been off line since the previous spring. There is currently speculation that a third AS 365N will be acquired. 

 

James Charlton, 30, has vowed to give 110 per cent to raise as much money as possible for the GNAA as he takes to the fells this weekend for the Hardmoors 110 Ultra marathon. The 110-mile race sees runners follow the Cleveland Way National Trail round the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cleveland Heritage coastline, in under 36 hours. 

As part of his training program James has already run in many hill races across Northumberland, the Lake District, Scotland and Yorkshire, which have exceeded 25 miles, while some have run over two days such as the RAB Mountain Marathon. In June he also completed the Lakeland 50 race in just 12 hours – placing him 63rd out of 350 runners. 

Northumberland is the northernmost ceremonial county and a unitary district in the North East of England. It borders Cumbria to the west, County Durham to the south and Tyne and Wear to the south east, as well as having a border with the Scottish Borders council area to the north, and a North Sea coastline of outstanding natural beauty with a 103 km long distance path. 

James, a trainee at Northumberland-based DAWN Advice, said “I’ve been running for a several years now and although I’ve completed a few major hill runs I wanted to do something which would really challenge me. I chose to run the Hardmoors 110 in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance as it’s definitely a very worthy cause and I think they do a tremendous job. 

 

DAWN Advice offers free, confidential and independent advice to people across the region and nationally on issues relating to housing, debt, employment, welfare benefits and family law. Established in 1998, DAWN Advice is a social enterprise and a member of the UK's largest network of free, advice-providing organizations. 

“As I ride a motorbike and use the fells a lot as part of my running I’m very aware of the times I may, one day, rely on the service. It’s important to me to be able to give something back to support the Great North Air Ambulance as it plays such an intricate role in helping to save so many lives each year by transporting critically ill and injured people to hospital.” 

DAWN Advice announced the Great North Air Ambulance Service as its nominated charity earlier this year. Employees at the social-enterprise have already raised funds for the charity through a clothes swapping event, bake days, raffles and a summer barbecue. Liz Chadwick, Chief Executive of DAWN Advice, added “We were absolutely thrilled to select the Great North Air Ambulance Service as our nominated charity and I’m delighted that James is really putting his all into helping to support the organization. “As the Great North Air Ambulance relies so heavily on public donations everyone at DAWN is extremely proud to be helping the organization to continue providing this outstanding service, which saves hundreds of lives every year across the entire region.”

Established in May 1991, The Great North Air Ambulance Service operates a fleet of helicopters based across the North East and Cumbria which are vital for the transportation of time-critical injured or ill patients to specializing hospitals. It costs approximately £1.2m each year to operate one helicopter and as the service receives no Government or lottery funding it relies solely on public donations, in addition to its own business income generation streams.

 

 
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