The biggest challenge yet...

2015: 21 races over 11 months

Kicking it up a notch! After 2 years of successful fundraising for Alzheimer's Research UK, John took on his toughest challenge yet!

John tested his fitness by completing 21 races over the period February to December 2015. The events were:

  • 28th Feb: Blackpool Stanley Park 10k
  • 22nd March: Lincoln ASDA 10k
  • 29th March: Hartlepool marina 5Mile
  • 5th April: North Tyneside 10k
  • 11th April: Spar Great Ireland Run, Dublin 10k
  • 19th April: Great Edinburgh Run 10miles
  • 3rd May: Sunderland 10k
  • 10th May: Manchester 10k
  • 28th June: Burnley Asda 10k
  • 5th July: Gateshead 10k
  • 12th July: Leeds Asda 10k
  • 2nd August York Asda 10k
  • 15th Aug: GT10 trail run Blaydon
  • 6th Sept: Cardiff 10k
  • 27th Sept: Sheffield 10k
  • 4th Oct: Glasgow 10k
  • 11th Oct: Bupa Great South Run
  • NOV: 2 RACES tbc
  • DEC: 2 RACES tbc

TOTAL RAISED up to end 2015: £1080.

A beautiful two lap course around Stanley Park. A fun event for all abilities and ages.

New to the Run For All portfolio for 2015, the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K boasts a truly fast and spectacular course. Soak up the fantastic atmosphere in this most scenic of cities.

A fast and flat 5 mile road race. Start and finish at the Historic Quay, Hartlepool Marina, Hartlepool. Please note: we are pleased to announce a new, faster course for 2015 which will be chip timed. Starting and finishing at The Wingfield Castle Ship, The Historic Quay, Hartlepool

The North Tyneside 10k Road Race is one of the most scenic running events in the UK with a route that includes a working Fish Quay, the River Tyne, Tynemouth Priory and Castle, stunning coastline and St. Mary's Lighthouse.

The race celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and, as part of ongoing improvements to the event, online entry and chip timing have been introduced in 2015. The event is organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Northumbria Spring Water and Start Fitness.

In the heart of Dublin is one of Europe's largest city parks, and for one day every year, a 10k course that challenges runners of all abilities and ambitions. The day is an opportunity to escape from the roads and pavements and into the grassland and tree-lined curves that the 1,750-acre space has to offer. A potential world heritage site in the near future, should the government be successful, the beauty of the course location is also backed up by its credentials as the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics (IAAF).

Launched in 2005, the event now sees over 5000 people take part in the 10 mile run around Scotland’s capital city. The route takes runners right through the heart of Edinburgh featuring amazing views and world-famous landmarks including Greyfriars Bobby, the Royal Mile, the Scott Monument and Edinburgh Castle.

The course will be the same as in 2014 starting and finishing at the Stadium of Light. With spectacular coastal views and a brilliant atmosphere, although we cannot guarantee the weather, we can guarantee a superbly organised event with plenty of support on the route and an army of enthusiastic volunteers to make it a great day for all taking part.

Europe's biggest 10K running event has seen more than a quarter of a million enthusiastic runners take to the streets of Manchester since the run was established in 2003. Broadcast live on BBC the Great Manchester Run has raised over £22 million for charity and is part of an elite group of running events with the IAAF Gold Label. The North West's 10K run has grown into a weekend festival of sport, including the Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run and the Great CityGames Manchester – a unique elite event that attracts some of the world's top athletes on a purpose-built track in the heart of the city centre.

Now in its third year, our Asda Foundation Pennine Lancashire 10K boasts a beautiful route right through the heart of Burnley, taking in three of the town’s pretty parks; Rowley Park, Towneley Park and Thompson Park. The run grows in strength year on year, from 1,500 in 2013 to 2,500 in 2014.

The Gateshead Trail 10k is back for its second year and is set to be another great race! The GT10 is all about the essence of running, an event that puts the participants at its heart. This is a race with something for everyone. The course has variety, intrigue, surprise, whether a running novice or a seasoned pro. Traffic free, and beautiful scenery the route snakes though the beautiful Derwent Walk Country Park. Throughout the route, sections link up making it a fun and sociable event. With only a few inclines and run on wide open trails, the route is fast, and inclusive of all running abilities!

The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K is our flagship 10K and underwent a revamp in 2013 with a new flatter and faster course. Now in its ninth year, this is a great choice for beginners as well as those looking for a coveted Personal Best!

Our Asda Foundation York 10K is one of the most beautiful city runs in the UK taking in some of this medieval city’s most stunning scenery including ancient Goodramgate, the majestic York Minster and Clifford’s Tower where Henry VIII executed ‘traitors’.

The Gateshead Trail 10k which snakes through the Derwent Walk Country Park is set to be a fast, fun, and scenic race, with only a few inclines is a race that for all levels of runner. Mid-race you will find the race has sections of the route that double up creating a fantastic social element. Thanks to the rangers all the paths are also well maintained so although it is a trail race the 'off road' sectons of path are hard packed and easy to run on. The start / finish area in Blaydon rugby club will welcome you with a relaxed family atmosphere. Bacon sandwiches, burgers and other delightful treats will be being griddled at the food point and a massage tent to smooth out any sore muscles.!gt10-race-information/ctzx

Kidney Wales, the organiser of the Cardiff 10K and 2K family run, is reaching out to runners from across Wales to represent their local communities and businesses in the 2015 event, which is being held in Cardiff city centre on Sunday 6th September. Registrations are now open! The Cardiff 10K has become an iconic event here in Wales and above all it is a family event, which raises money not just for Kidney Wales but for other incredible causes in Wales.

Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne the 13.1 mile route takes runnes through the city centre towards the River Tyne where thousands of people will cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge, where if you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead. From there runners will travel through Gateshead while being entertained many bands on the run. The route, lined by thousands of supporters, leads runners to South Shields where at the top of Prince Edward Road the view of the sea is one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course. From that point there is just over a mile to go and the crowds get louder as runners make their way down the final straight towards the finish gantry.

The Sheffield TENTENTEN is a thoroughly enjoyable 10k & 2.5k Fun run, this year celebrating its 5th Birthday, attracting around 1000 runners each year. The first edition was on the 10th October 2010, hence the funny name, and has stuck ever since. This truly is an all inclusive event, anyone from 4 upwards can compete in the 2.5 Fun Run, and 15 upwards for the 10k. The event is represented by all abilities, we have had international standard representation (see course record) and also many first timers aiming just to get round. Then there is the rest of the family, bring them along to enjoy the atmosphere. The course has been created with a twist of creativity and innovation. Its not your regular road race, it is run on grass, road, paved paths and woodland trails. Its a really nice mix, and introduces novices to the world of trail running gently. The course does have a few lumps and bumps, twists and turns, and all adds to the fun.

4th Oct: Glasgow 10k

- 45:51 mins

Join us at one of Scotland's biggest running events, the Great Scottish Run 10K and help us beat cancer sooner. The course runs through the very heart of Glasgow. The road-side support is second to none and the atmosphere is electric.

The Great South Run started life in Southampton back in 1990 before moving just a few miles along the M27 motorway to the neighbouring city of Portsmouth 12 months later. The fast and flat 10 mile route takes in the iconic sites of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including Portsmouth Cathedral, Spinnaker Tower and the HMS Victory- which has played host to the Band of HM Royal Marines, who often perform for passing runners at the iconic site. The final flat stretch along the sea front has given thousands of people the opportunity to get a personal best time for more than twenty years. Every year the event attracts a plethora of athletes, celebrities and runners raising money for good causes, with over £30 million having been raised for charity over the years.

An imaginative and inspirational addition to the half marathon scene, the N2N offers club runners the chance to clock a personal best on a super fast course. Wait for the gun under the world famous dome of Spanish City, Whitley Bay before you head towards Newcastle Quayside. You’ll finish on the Newcastle Quayside where the M2N event team will be ready and waiting to greet thousands of runners and cyclists throughout the day.