Charitable run by driver Steve Rooks raises £700

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Steve Rooks completed a brave run and earning £700 for his charity
Steve Rooks completed a brave run
and earning £700 for his charity

Stagecoach Midlands driver Steve Rooks handed a cheque for £700 to Action Medical Research after competing in a sponsored half marathon.

Steve, 52, based at Nuneaton Garage, entered the Great North Run – the second largest half marathon in the country.

He ran for the children’s medical charity with Stagecoach Midlands donating £290 towards his sponsorship appeal. Steve finished in 2 hours 49 minutes and came 36,614th out of 56,000 runners.

It was his first Great North Run which he chose to raise funds for an 11 year old boy he knew through supporting Birmingham City FC. Harry Mosley (nicknamed Charlie) was terminally ill but according to Steve was an ‘extremely brave lad.’

Steve said: “While he was terminally ill, he made beads at home, sold them at Solihull shopping centre and gave the money to charity, which is amazing. Sadly, Charlie passed away about 12 months ago.

Action Medical Research was ‘ecstatic’ with the £700 Steve raised. The organisation hoped its runners would raise £275.

However, it isn’t certain he will run another half marathon. “I haven’t said ‘no’, but I was absolutely shattered. The muscles in my legs seized up. Even runners who were athletes were receiving treatment and some in my group dropped out,” he added.