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Ten years of running and £50,000 later but Richard keeps on fundraising

Richard Dade who works at Duff Morgan will be doing 10 charity runs.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Richard Dade who works at Duff Morgan will be doing 10 charity runs. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

He has raised more than £50,000 for charity over the past 10 years and now Richard Dade is ready to undertake the challenge of taking part in 10 different runs over the rest of the year to celebrate his decade of running.

Richard’s ten challenges to raise £10,000

Silverston Half Marathon, March 15 - participants run the 13.1 miles around Silverstone motor racing circuit

Wymondham 20, March 22 - the 20 mile race starts at Market Cross in the centre of Wymondham into the countryside where two laps are completed

London Marathon, April 26 - the iconic 26 mile race sees runners make their way through London, from Greenwich, through central London, before finishing at the Mall.

Norwich 100, May 31 - the 100 mile bike ride takes cyclists start in Norwich, making their way to Reepham, Holkham Hall, Sheringham, Mundesley, Horstead and back to the city.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Liverpool Half Marathon, June 14 - starting at Albert Dock, runners make their through way the city finishing at the Echo Arena.

Three peaks Challenge, June 21 - the challenge involves walking the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) within 24 hours.

Muddy Races Colchester, July 18 - a 5km or 10km race through muddy terrain, crawling through mud pits and climbing over obstacles.

Great North Run, September 13 - the 13.1 mile routes will see an estimated 57,000 people run from Newcastle, through Gateshead, South Tyneside to South Shields.

City of Norwich Half Marathon, November 22 - first staged in 1985 the rural route takes participants through the parishes of Easton, Honingham, Colton, Marlingford and close to Easton College.

Hare and Hounds XC Felthorpe, December 26 - the annual Boxing Day event sees people in fancy dress run the eight mile cross country challenge in Felthorpe.

Over the years his fundraising has supported many different charities, mainly cancer related, and this year Mr Dade, who lives in Earlham, is aiming to raise £10,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity - which funds scientific and clinical research into tumours.

The father-of-five, who works as a commercial and fleet specialist at Duff Morgan Citroen, has chosen to raise money for the charity as many of his friends and family members have been affected by brain tumours.

Mr Dade said: “I’ve lost friends to tumours and my cousin was 33-years-old when he had a tumour, although it was benign. I think it’s important that people realise how common brain tumours are.”

The keen runner, who is also coaches an under 16s football team had never run before he started his first charity challenge – but now tries to run at least 40 miles a week.

“I was initially inspired to take up running when I watched my brother complete the London Marathon in 2005, I then promised myself that I would one day do the same,” said the 45-year-old who has now taken part in nine London Marathons. “Although I said I would never do it again after the first one.”

Mr Dade’s fundraising antics he confesses has made his wife a “running widow” but has said she has “always been incredibly supportive” and is incredibly grateful he is able to fundraise.

“I think there are people who are far worse off then me and the fact I can do something to help and a lot of people can’t, it drives me on.

“I don’t think about the amount I’ve raised, maybe one day I’ll look back and be proud of what I’ve achieved. I’m just very thankful I’ve had such generous people who have supported me over the years.”

To sponsor Richard, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/richarddade

For more information about the Brain Tumour Charity, visit www.thebraintumourcharity.org

Are you taking part in a major fundraising challenge? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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