Banbury runner doubles up for one last Great run

Warren and Annabel Harrison NNL-160913-130159001

Warren and Annabel Harrison NNL-160913-130159001

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For the past eight years one Banbury man has been making it his mission to run for charity and this year marks his swan song for two fixtures on his running calendar.

Warren Harrison, a lorry driver with Tadmarton Products, has been a keen runner for two decades and is a member of Cherwell Runners and Joggers.

Since 2008 he has channelled this passion into charitable fundraising as he pencils into his diary either the Great North Run or the Great Birmingham Half Marathon with which to raise funds.

This year Warren, 42, has decided to run both events in the same season as he plans to retire from them and concentrate on bigger and better events in the future.

Warren said: “Since 2008 I have run either the Great North Run or Great Birmingham half marathon for charity except last year when I switched to the Great South Run (10 miles).

“This year I decided to run both races in the same year, each being my fourth and last ones for charity.”

Warren started his running career as a way to achieve the fitness required to enter the army. His military aspirations changed but the running continued and he joined his then local club West Bromwich Harriers, later joining the Banbury Harriers and his current club in 2015.

So far Warren has raised money for Diabetes UK, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Trust to name a few.

This year Warren completed his last ever Great North Run in one hour 39 minutes and 56 seconds. His wife, Annabel completed the Great North 5K in a personal best of 33 minutes and 13 seconds.

So far the couple have raised £820 for their chosen charity the NSPCC.

Warren said: “I was chuffed to bits. It’s a great way to finish this race.”

The next step is running October’s Great Birmingham Run for the final time before preparing for a new set of running challenges.

Warren said: “I will be hopefully preparing for my last ever Banbury 15 road race next year and am awaiting the verdict on possibly taking part in the London Marathon next year.”

You can sponsor the running duo at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Warren-Harrison74