A family run for hospice

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A FATHER and daughter have completed a marathon effort to raise money for charity.

Clare Dixon, 25, ran the Edinburgh half marathon alongside her dad, Jonathan.

She persuaded her father to undertake the feat to mark his 60th birthday, to raise money for Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Clare’s grandfather, Dr Brian Quinn founded the hospice in 1981 and her mum, Liz, still sits on the director’s board.

It isn’t the first time the athletic family have pounded the pavements for the hospice. Sisters Lucy and Emma have joined their parents and Clare in numerous 10k runs. Clare, who now lives in Newcastle, and Jonathan wanted to raise £1,000 in their latest run and have now reached their target.

It’s not the first time the family have limbered up to raise money, they have taken part in 10k runs across the UK.

She decided to complete her second 13-mile run to mark the hospice’s 30th anniversary. “Now we live in Newcastle it’s nice for us to keep in touch with the hospice and spread the word of the work they’re doing up here too,” said Clare.

She said she hoped her grandfather would be impressed with their efforts.

“He’d definitely be proud,” said Clare, who completed the route in one hour, 45 minutes, with her Dad crossing the finishing line 30 minutes later.