Marathon man jetting to the Big Apple for hospice

Craig Whiteley is running the New York marathon in aid of St Gemma's Hospice.
Craig Whiteley is running the New York marathon in aid of St Gemma's Hospice.

Morley’s own marathon man is preparing to join thousands of others in the Big Apple for what could be his last fundraising run.

Craig Whiteley, 51, has already raised more than £12,000 for St Gemma’s Hospice, and is hoping his latest fundraising quest in New York in November will hit his target of £15,000 for the charity, which is dear to his heart after caring for his friend, John Smith, before he passed away.

But the jet-setter won’t be stopping there as he will be flying to Tokyo next year after qualifying for the city’s marathon.

But Craig, who has completed dozens of marathons over the years, says the New York marathon could well be his last charity run.

He said: “I’ve raised £12,500 so far for St Gemma’s in memory of my best friend John, and if I can raise that extra couple of thousand pound this time round then I think £15,000 is a good target to go out on.”

But before he jets off to the USA, Craig, who completed the Great North Run last weekend in just over one hour, finishing 1,188th out of 50,000 runners, will be pounding the streets of Berlin for the city’s marathon this Sunday.

Craig said: “I’m hoping to complete Berlin in under three hours 20 minutes, which could qualify me for London 2017 - but I will have to wait until October to find out.”

If anyone would like to sponsor Craig and help raise vital funds for St Gemma’s Hospice, either call into the Morley pub Dashers, where sponsorship forms will be available, or visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/rhinos.craig.