Two runners from Torquay are celebrating this week after completing the Great North Run in aid of Cancer Research UK.  

Cancer Research UK

Simon Simmonds and Cassie Pickering joined thousands to take part in the largest half marathon in the world between Newcastle and South Shields. The Torquay Specsavers director and assistant manager completed the race in 2 hrs 28 minutes, raising £800 for Cancer Research UK.

Simon Simmonds, director of Specsavers Torquay, said: ‘This is a cause very close to our hearts as cancer has affected the store with the recent death of former director, Joy Filon, along with my wife Sophie. As a store we want to help those with cancer now and raise funds for future research into treatments.’

Rowcroft Hospice

So far this year the store has raised £1,300 for Rowcroft Hospice and is delighted to be supporting Cancer Research UK as well, no matter how tough the challenge.

Simon added: ‘I am very impressed with Cassie because she helped pace me over the line. It was a difficult finish, but we did it! I'd also like to thank all the staff for their support and encouragement to help customers give donations for the cause’.

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