Alan and Edna run up £1,500 prostate donation

Alan and Edna Dickinson after their fundraising Great North Run
Alan and Edna Dickinson after their fundraising Great North Run

A PEEBLES couple have raised over £1,500 to help people with prostate cancer after completing the Great North Run.

Survivor Alan and his wife Edna Dickinson crossed the finishing line in South Shields together in a time of two hours and 23 minutes, raising £1,563 for the Prostate Cancer Charity.

Mr Dickinson said: “The weather was perfect, mild, very little wind and only one heavy but brief shower around the nine-mile mark. The atmosphere in the crowd was very positive and we were kept entertained with music and announcements over the sound system and giant screens.

“The last mile of the run is along the seafront in South Shields and we arrived at that point just as the Red Arrows started their display. It felt as is it had been laid on especially for us and the distraction certainly made the last mile seem easier.

“It was a great experience and we would consider taking part in again. We would like to thank everyone who contributed for their kind generosity.”

Mr Dickinson was diagnosed in May 2009 and after recovering trained as a volunteer with the Prostate Cancer Charity

Mrs Dickinson is a keen jogger and has completed five and 10 kilometre events for Race for Life, but it was the first time either had tackled the 13-plus miles of Europe’s largest half-marathon.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with 36,000 diagnosed every year. One man dies every hour of prostate cancer in the UK.

The Scottish Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group, which gives help, support and information to those with the disease and their families, meets in the chaplaincy centre at the Borders General Hospital on the first Wednesday of each month. The group provides help, support and information to those with prostate cancer and their partners. More information from Andrew Wood on 01890 883825.