Hotel boss turns marathon man

Simon Cotton, general manager, Best Western Cedar Court Hotel handing over a cheque for �3,000 to president of the Heartbeat Appeal, Lord St Oswald of Nostell, and charity founder and life Patron, Alec Bloom MBE. (S)
Simon Cotton, general manager, Best Western Cedar Court Hotel handing over a cheque for �3,000 to president of the Heartbeat Appeal, Lord St Oswald of Nostell, and charity founder and life Patron, Alec Bloom MBE. (S)

A WELL known face about town has recently been seen doing something he’s certainly not so well know for - running!

Simon Cotton, general manager of Harrogate’s Best Western Cedar Court Hotel and current president of Harrogate’s Chamber of Trade and Commerce recently ran in the Great North Run in Newcastle which is the world’s largest half marathon with over 54,000 entrants this year.

Simon Cotton, general manager, Best Western Cedar Court Hotel handing over a cheque for �3,000 to president of the Heartbeat Appeal, Lord St Oswald of Nostell, and charity founder and life Patron, Alec Bloom MBE. (S)

Simon Cotton, general manager, Best Western Cedar Court Hotel handing over a cheque for �3,000 to president of the Heartbeat Appeal, Lord St Oswald of Nostell, and charity founder and life Patron, Alec Bloom MBE. (S)

Running for the Hospital Heartbeat Appeal which raises funds to buy cardiac equipment for hospitals across Yorkshire, Simon was delighted when friends, colleagues and business contacts helped him raise over £3,000 in sponsorship for the appeal.

Simon said: “This was the first time I had ever undertaken anything like a half marathon in my life and I have to say it was an amazing and exhilarating experience!

“I can’t believe how generous and supportive so many people and organisations have been, including the Best Western Beacon Charitable Trust who donated over £400 just after the run to help take the sponsorship to over £3,000 which I know will be a massive help towards a £90k heart scanner which the charity is currently aiming to buy.

“I really do owe a lot of thank you’s to all the people who have so generously supported me.”

Having never run competitively before, Simon was delighted that he managed to finish in the top 16 per cent of runners with an impressive time of 1:53.52.

This has led a number of friends to lay down the challenge to go the whole way and run a full marathon and he has just this week agreed to run for local charity Henshaws in the Virgin London Marathon in April next year.

He added: “I can’t quite believe I’ve had my arm twisted to do the full marathon. Those who have known me for some time will know that 12 months ago I couldn’t run for a bus!

“But Henshaws is a really worthwhile charity, and one that means a lot to the town of Harrogate, so how could I really say no?!”

l If you see Simon out training over the winter months, give him a supportive cheer and if you’d like to sponsor him as well, visit www.justgiving.com/Simon-Cotton

l For more information call Simon on 01426 858585 or 07702 548937.