Up & Running Social Run Group donates to toy appeal

KIND-HEARTED runners in Darlington have surpassed all expectations to support this year’s Star Radio Toy Appeal.
The Social Run Group that takes place on a Monday night, whatever the weather, is open to everyone regardless of ability and is completely free.

Dan Rowlands, manager of Up & Running, decided to make the Christmas Run a very special one for this charity, and asked runners to bring along a toy, which will be donated in time for Christmas, to support under-privileged children across County Durham and North Yorkshire.

Ninety-four runners came along on Monday night for the 5k run, and everyone brought a gift. One hundred and twenty-four toys were donated on the night with more to  follow the next day.  The popular Monday evening event has built a real sense of community among its runners and local mum, Michelle, has nothing but praise for Dan.

“My son has autism and learning difficulties,” said Michelle. “He has always liked running but since Dan started the Monday night Up & Running social runs he now loves running and we never miss a Monday. My son is really anxious and hasn’t many friends but now he’s happy and says he has lots of friends. Dan is great with him, very friendly always watching out for him and encouraging him and everyone else. I’ve never seen my son so keen to get out and run.”

Whether you’re a new runner or not, if you fancy joining the group, you will be made very welcome. The run leaves from Up & Running at Bondgate, Darlington at 6pm on Monday nights.
If you need more information pop in to the shop and have a word with Dan, Suzie, Natalia or Jade.

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