Ben chips in with store charity run

A BARNETBY man has raced to success at the Great North Run as part of a winning team that raised £40,000 for charity.

Ben Coulthurst, 25, an employee of Howdens Joinery’s local Clugston depot, pounded the streets of Newcastle at the world famous half marathon on Sunday to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

He ran as part of a nationwide Howdens Joinery team that raised £40,000 in total for the charity.

Ben, who hot-footed it over the finish line at 1 hr and 59 minutes, said: “I did it! I feel really proud of myself and it’s a great feeling knowing that the money I helped to raise for the charity will be used to support disabled people in my local area and in other parts of the UK.”

Emma Barker, events officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “Ben ran his socks off to help Leonard Cheshire Disability, and raised more than £400 for the charity by himself. This is a great achievement.”