Charity spirit spills out of Therfield pub

CHARITY spirit is spilling out of a pub with both a landlord and his daughter gearing up for the Bupa Great North Run.

Darrin Butler, who runs Therfield’s Fox and Duck, and his 17-year-old daughter Megan will pound the streets of Newcastle in two weeks to raise money for Come Home, which aims to provide seriously injured servicemen and women with suitable homes.

The 48-year-old, who has taken part in 15 Great North Runs, decided to take part this year after his daughter’s friend pulled out.

He said: “This is her first half marathon but she’s done a few five-mile races and has done a few junior Great North Runs over the past 10 years.

“It’s a big thing especially for a young girl on her own, and I don’t want her to do it by herself.”

Running is in their blood as Mr Butler was “born and bred” in South Shields – where the race finishes – and his father was a keen athlete, holding a number of British records for several events.

Due to his late entry the landlord said his training is “non-existent” but he had built his endurance in a new way.

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“Running a pub is training enough, going up and down the stairs and constantly walking about, I’m back at my fighting weight,” he told the Crow.

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