The world’s greatest half marathon, the Bupa Great North Run, takes place on Sunday 7th September, and CCS’s very own intrepid Business Development Manager David Grant will be one of over 120,000 runners taking part on the day.

David is running in aid of The Cardiomyopathy Association, (CMA).  Cardiomyopathy is a horrible disease affecting many healthy people, and it’s the most common cause of sudden death in people aged under 35.  Sadly, David’s own brother-in-law has the condition and is currently in hospital awaiting major heart surgery.  The CMA offer fantastic support to both sufferers of the disease and their families.

David completed the first ever Great North Run back in 1981, and has been running it annually since 2004. He’s managed to improved his time by one minute every year, and reckons by the time he’s 70 he’ll break the 2 hour barrier!

Joking aside, it’s an impressive feat to run the 13.1 mile course as David had reconstructive surgery on his knee when he was 26 and this means he’s not able to train for the race.

The route starts in Newcastle going across the iconic Tyne Bridge and then onto a picturesque coastal finish in South Shields.  It’s an extra special race this year as the one millionth person to take part will cross the line.

If you’d like to sponsor David then you can visit his fundraising page –