Newsreader’s marathon challenge for local charity

Patrick Dunlop, newsreader at Stray FM, is to attempt the New York Marathon in November. (S)
Patrick Dunlop, newsreader at Stray FM, is to attempt the New York Marathon in November. (S)

A newsreader at Harrogate’s local radio station is preparing for the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for Saint Michael’s Hospice.

Head of news Patrick Dunlop, who has been at Stray FM for 10 years, is to attempt the New York Marathon in November.

The 33-year-old has set himself the target of raising £3,500 ahead of the race on November 4 and is busy training to get his fitness levels up.

“I only started running properly last year when I was invited to be on a Knaresborough Bed Race team with the Scotton Scorchers,” he said.

“I thought I would do it for a bit, but I’m the sort of person that needs something to aim for. I ended up doing the Great North Run last year, in two hours and 45 minutes, which I quite enjoyed. I’m doing it as ‘practice’ again this year, which I suppose it will be, and I hope to do it in a better time.”

He is running every weekend and trying to fit his training into his week, around shifts at Stray FM.

“As it gets closer I’ll be building the mileage up,” he said. “It keep you going, to be doing something for such a good cause. If it was just for me it would be so much harder.

“I’m actually running with several other people including staff from GH Brooks, the builders merchants on Claro Road. It’s all about raising the money as a team.”

His colleagues have been helping him, a quiz night and auction at Christies pub last week - hosted by presenter Alex B Cann - helping to raise more than £2,000.

“It was a fantastic result to raise so much money in just one night,” he said. “People have been so generous with donations, helping out at the fundraising event and of course bidding for some great auction items.”