South Shields ‘run face’ man delighted after marathon effort

Paul Jukes from South Shields, has won a place in this year's London Marathon after entering this picture into Virgin Money Giving's #runface competition.
Paul Jukes from South Shields, has won a place in this year's London Marathon after entering this picture into Virgin Money Giving's #runface competition.

A runner from South Tyneside who landed himself a free London Marathon place for his “run face” completed the epic challenge for charity.

Paul Jukes, 42, took on the capital’s 26-mile challenge for a second time last weekend, completing the race in aid of charity Make A Wish Foundation UK.

Paul, from Horsely Hill, South Shields, won his place after entered a Virgin Money Giving social media competition where he was asked to Tweet a photo of his face while he was running.

The E-Learning administrator, Tweeted the photo in May last year after finishing the The Great North 10K in Gateshead.

Paul managed to finish the London Marathon in four hours 52 minutes and 44 seconds, raising around £300 for the charity which grants wishes to sick children.

The keen runner has been raising funds for the charity since 2013, with his latest effort contributing to a total of £3,000 raised for the organisation within that time.

Paul Jukes after finishing the London Marathon.

Paul Jukes after finishing the London Marathon.

He said: “I struggled in the second half, but I managed to get a personal best and knocked a minute off my time from last year.

“On the day I wore a pink ribbon with a picture of Colin Burgin-Plews, the well known charity runner who compete in a pink dress - on it as he was my first sponsor so I told him I wanted him to come with me regardless.
“He said it made his day!”

Paul, who has already completed three Great North Runs and two London Marathon’s shows no signs of stopping, signing up to take part in the Great North Run for the next three years.

He said this latest marathon would be the last time he runs for charity for a little while.

He added: “It gets harder each year to raise funds. So I am still going to run for myself but I am taking a break from running for charity.

“But it was a great day and its been such an amazing journey the last couple of years.”

To donate visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/paul-jukes