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Why Jonathan will be running for love

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With less than two weeks to go until the Great North Run, Jonathan Crosby is sticking to his training plan.

Jonathan, from Darlington, has been training weekly in all weather conditions to prepare to take part in this the UK’s biggest half marathon.

Jonathan, an account manager for City Electrical Factors in Darlington, will be running in aid of the charity Shine, which supports people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Jonathan says: “I'm not just running for fun. Our son Joshua was born with hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) something Louise and I were very scared and clueless about. Shine has been unbelievably supportive, giving us all the information we needed to ensure our son could carry on as normal.

“Joshua was fitted with a shunt in his head at 5 months old, which he will now have for life.”

Joshua, now 18 months, is doing well, and now Jonathan and Louise want to help other families faced with the trauma they experienced.

Hydrocephalus can occur at any age but mostly in children, and without support can profoundly affect a child’s learning and development. 1 in 1,000 children are affected in the UK.

Jonathan will be among 57,000 runners tackling the 13.1mile race on Sunday 10th September.

“Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me so far – there’s still time to donate for such a worthy cause and help us reach our target:

Louise had also planned to run but will be cheering from the sidelines this time - she is expecting their second child in January. 


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