On the run for SCOPE

TEN work colleagues will be heading north to take part in the world’s most famous half-marathon – all in aid of charity.

Employees at Mettler-Toledo in Royston, some of whom ran last year’s Race for Life, have decided to develop their fundraising exploits by running the Great North Run in Newcastle in September.

Money raised by the runners will go towards cerebral palsy charity Scope, which runs Meldreth Manor School.

One of the fundraisers, Michelle Barnes, said: “Some of us did the Race for Life last year, and although it was great fun, we wanted a bigger race.

“We contacted Scope and they sorted us out with places at the Great North Run, which was great.”

The group have been in training since deciding to do the run.

Mrs Barnes said: “Training is going really well. We do one session a week with each other as well as our own personal routines. It helps keep up motivation when we all get together.”

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A target of about �1,000 has been set, all of which will go to Scope.

“If we get to a thousand then it would be great,” said Mrs Barnes. “Anything above that would be a tremendous bonus.”

Donations can be made at the group’s fundraising website, which is uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/X-ray