Running days over for H4H Tony Eaton

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Regional Help for Heroes co-ordinator Tony Eaton brought his running career to a close by completing the Great North Run for the charity.

Tony joined around 55,000 runners through the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead for one of the world’s most famous half marathons, which saw Olympic double gold medallist Mo Farah pipped to the line by Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele.

Tony completing the 13.1 mile course with one the men he seeks to help through his fundraising.

He said: “With my previous running times and my allocated orange number I should have started at the front of the pack, but I opted to start at the very back in the pink section to support one of our wounded guys, who had to get over the finish line to prove to himself he could do it.”

The wet and windy conditions could not deter the pair, as they crossed the line to a cacophany of applause from the assembled spectators.

He added: “It was my last running race - after 35 operations my running days are now over - but we finished it and I am proud to have supported our wounded heroes.”

Whilst his running career may have come to an end, Tony was keen to emphasise that his days of fundraising for Help for Heroes are still young.

He managed to raised around £2,000 in support of Help for Heroes by taking part in the Great North Run, and is still accepting sponsorship for the event.

To sponsor Tony, visit