Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

'Longest Day' Run For Cancer Drug Trials Worker

'Longest Day' Run For Cancer Drug Trials Worker

On the 21st June, the longest day of the year, 29-year-old Jonathan Stoddart will be undertaking the longest run of his life.

Jonathan, originally from Yarm and now living in Gosforth, is a clinical trials officer in the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle.

Alongside friend James Redpath, also from Gosforth and a teacher at Ashington High School, Jonathan will be taking on The Wall, a 69 mile 'ultra run,` to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Jonathan says: "James and I are both keen hockey players and were looking for a challenge to help keep us fit during the summer.

"Neither of us has ever run this far before, and I`ve never even entered an organised run before, so it`s going to be a real challenge.

"We`re under no illusions about how tough it will be but have trained hard. And we both strongly believe in the charity we`re raising money for, so that will help push us on. We`ll have lots of friends and family at the finish line too."

As a clinical trials officer in the Sir Bobby Robson Centre, Jonathan is part of the dedicated team working with patients from across the North East and Cumbria who are undertaking clinical trials of new cancer drugs. He has been working at the centre since Sir Bobby officially opened it in 2009.

Jonathan adds: "I`m privileged to be in a position to see the work the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation helps fund every day.

"It means a lot to me to be raising money for the charity and it will be in my mind as I run.

"I am a bit nervous but feel good and ready to go. We`re aiming to finish in 15 hours and we`d be really chuffed if we could manage that."

The Wall is an on and off-road ultra-run through Hadrian`s Wall country, starting at Carlisle Castle and finishing at Baltic Square, Gateshead, after crossing the Millennium Bridge.

Created by Rat Race, the UK`s leader in adventure sports events, and launched in 2012, the event has more than 1,000 entrants this year. Participants can attempt the challenge as one single 69 mile stage, as Jonathan and James are doing, or over two days.

On behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Lady Elsie says: "It was a great pleasure to meet Jonathan and James recently to find out more about this challenge. They`re both lovely young men and so committed to raising money for our charity.

"It`s certainly a very long run but they talked me through their training and it sounds like they`re very well-prepared.

"I`m sure Bob would have been fascinated to hear how they are approaching things. Especially getting the right fuel on board during the run.

"I hope they have a safe and enjoyable day and our thanks to everyone who is supporting their efforts in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation."

Sir Bobby launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008 to help find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer - including the clinical trials of new drugs.

It funds projects that directly benefit patients from across the North East and Cumbria and which contribute significantly to international efforts and research into fighting cancer.

To sponsor Jonathan and James, please visit www.justgiving.com/Jon-Jam.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Longstone Public Relations
Date:Monday June 16 2014
Time: 11:06PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Newcastle United Articles

FA Cup Ball Numbers Known (3/12/16)

With FA Cup second round ties taking place this weekend, the ball numbers for the third round draw of the competition have now been allocated.

Cheated

Another game and another one that highlights how incompetent the officiating is in the football league.

Stats: Nottm Forest v Newcastle United

All the stats from Nottm Forest (2) vs (1) Newcastle United, City Ground, 2/12/16 Att: 21,317

Team Sheets - Nottingham Forest v Newcastle

Newcastle go to the City Ground as the visitors to Nottingham Forest for the latest Championship game.

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

TNMW
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Forest MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Darlow94%
Yedlin0%
Lascelles0%
Clark0%
Dummett0%
Hayden0%
Shelvey6%
Ritchie0%
Perez0%
Gouffran0%
Gayle0%
Sub - Anita0%
Sub - Diame0%
Sub - Mitrovic0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 18 11 5 2 38 17
3 Reading 18 10 4 4 34 6
4 Birmingham 18 8 7 3 31 5
5 Leeds Utd 18 9 2 7 29 1
6 Huddersfield 18 9 2 7 29 -3
7 Sheff Wed 18 8 4 6 28 0
8 Norwich 18 8 3 7 27 -1
9 Derby County 18 7 5 6 26 3
10 Fulham 18 6 7 5 25 4
11 Aston Villa 18 5 10 3 25 3
12 Preston 18 7 4 7 25 2
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Bristol City 18 7 3 8 24 2
15 Ipswich 18 6 6 6 24 0
16 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
17 Brentford 18 6 4 8 22 3
18 Barnsley 18 6 4 8 22 0
19 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
20 Burton 18 4 7 7 19 -5
21 Blackburn 18 5 4 9 19 -7
22 Wigan 18 4 6 8 18 -4
23 Cardiff 18 5 3 10 18 -12
24 Rotherham 18 1 4 13 7 -25
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 14 2016 7:45PM : Wigan Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 7:45PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 30 2016 7:45PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Mcnamee6716
2.Toon_NoMatterWot10
3.keggy_keagal7
4.billybobcat7
5.The Owl2
6.PieMag2
7.North Yorkshire Mag2
8.Finn_the_Dog2
9.Sir Laz1
10.officemonkey1
Write for Vital Football