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Newark friends Darren Burke, Scott Graham and Will Richardson raise nearly £5,000 for Walking With The Wounded after finishing Great North Run




Three friends who decided to run for Walking With The Wounded have raised nearly £5,000 for the charity.

Darren Burke, owner of Oxygen and Masdings on Middlegate, Newark, and friends Scott Graham and Will Richardson — who are both ex-military — teamed up to complete the Great North Run on Sunday.

Darren said he had always wanted to challenge himself by doing a run fundraiser, and knew this was his perfect chance to do so — all the while amassing thousands of pounds for a great cause.

Darren Burke (left) Will Richardson (centre) and Scott Graham (right) with the medals after completing the Great North Run, (51189225)
Darren Burke (left) Will Richardson (centre) and Scott Graham (right) with the medals after completing the Great North Run, (51189225)

The trio, as promised, crossed the finish line together at a respectable time of 2hrs 20min.

Originally looking to raise £1,000 each, they smashed their target with a massive £4,582 being donated.

Scott Graham (left) and Will Richardson after the run. (51189218)
Scott Graham (left) and Will Richardson after the run. (51189218)

Scott, of North Muskham, was stationed around the world as a British Army medic for 12 years, including in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has friends who have received help from Walking With The Wounded.

“With government cuts across almost all sectors, ex-military personnel in particular have been really well supported by charities,” said Scott. “Without these charities there would be a lot more veterans struggling. Next year will be The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.”

There is still a little to go until the charity team target of £10,000 is hit.

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