Run cash in memory of close friend who died

Fundraiser: Mark Webber raised �1500 for MacMillan, pictures with Iris Hinds and fundraising manager Tracy Townsend
Fundraiser: Mark Webber raised �1500 for MacMillan, pictures with Iris Hinds and fundraising manager Tracy Townsend
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A man whose friend and colleague died the month after they completed the Great North run together has handed over the £1,500 they raised to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mark Webber took part in the half marathon, held in Newcastle, last September with friend Carl Hinds. It was the 13th time both men had competed in the 13.1 mile race.

This year Mark will complete the challenge on his own following Carl’s death from pneumonia in October 2012, aged 53.

Mark said: “Three years before the last Great North Run Carl had pneumonia and health problems that he was on medication for. He then caught it again in October but there were complications.”

Speaking about Carl’s death, he added: “It was a shock - I didn’t think it was something that could happen. It came out of the blue.”

Mark, from Cotmanhay, handed over the cheque to Macmillan representatives in a presentation held on Tuesday at Beechcroft Nursing Home in West Hallam.

He and Carl had worked together at Tesco supermarket in Ilkeston. They chose to raise money for Macmillan because Carl’s dad died from cancer.

This year Mark will take part in the race on September 15 on his own, and will again raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

He added: “I would like to thank everyone who sponsored us, including the many people from Tesco, family and friends.”