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Pocklington Charity Looks for Great North Runners

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8:03am 4th March 2014

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are seeking runners to participate in this year’s BUPA Great North Run.

The general ballot for places in the world’s biggest half marathon has now closed, but there is one last chance to enter! National charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have a number of guaranteed places, but they are going fast! Enthusiastic runners are being urged to visit the website www.hearingdogs.org.uk to sign up.

This could be your final chance to take part in the Great North Run in Newcastle on 7th September 2014, and raise much needed funds for a very worthwhile charity which transforms the lives of deaf people.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an Olympic runner, there’s still plenty of time to begin a training programme. In return for a guaranteed place, the Charity require a £50 registration fee and a commitment to raising a minimum of £300 in sponsorship. Last year, many runners raised over £1000 for Hearing Dogs, allowing the charity to train more clever hearing dogs to change the lives of deaf people.

With hearing loss on the rise and one in six people in the UK having some form of deafness, the charity is working to train even more hearing dog puppies than ever before. Mike Robinson aged 34, from Cumbria, was the first runner representing Hearing Dog to cross the BUPA Great North Run finishing line in 2013, completing in a fantastic 1 hour 38 minutes! Mike loved the experience so much that he is running for hearing Dogs again this year. Mike said,

‘I’ve done the Great North Run for 3 years and running for Hearing Dogs was the best I’d ever been looked after. I’m full of admiration and respect for the work of the dogs and the trainers which is why I decided to join their running team again this year’,

Jules Smith, 39 from Oxfordshire, is looking forward to the half marathon this year. Jules said:”I would like the opportunity to raise money for this truly amazing charity offering deaf adults and children a lifeline to an independent life.”

Hearing Dogs support their dedicated running team every step of the way by offering fundraising advice before the event and a warm welcome, refreshments and a professional sports massage on race day. Race participants are also offered the chance to meet and greet some of the Charity’s clever hearing dogs with a behind-the-scenes tour of its training centre of excellence in Bielby, East Yorkshire.

Highly trained hearing dogs alert deaf people to important sounds like the telephone and smoke alarm, as well as providing confidence and companionship, which can relieve the stress and isolation deafness can bring.

To secure your place in the  BUPA Great North Run 2014 and for more information about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, please contact Community Fundraising Manager Lucy Ward on 01759 322255 or lucy.ward@hearingdogs.org.uk

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