Yorkshire fundraiser striving for a 13th consecutive personal best time in the Great North Run

04 Sep 2018
Yorkshire fundraiser striving for a 13th consecutive personal best time in the Great North Run

Lee Dolman from Heckmondwike in West Yorkshire has been training hard for the Great North Run in the hope that he can manage his 13th consecutive personal best time for completing the half marathon.

His first Great North Run attempt, in 2005, saw him complete the race in an impressive 2 hours 5 minutes. Each attempt since then he’s shaved off a good amount of time.

Finishing in just 1 hour 38 mins and 56 seconds last year, the long-distance runner Brendan Foster who founded the Great North Run acknowledged Lee’s achievement with a free place in 2018 and signed his vest.

On Sunday 9 September Lee is setting himself the ultimate challenge of beating his personal best once again and hopes to raise funds for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) in the process.

48 year old Lee who is a Business Development Manager for Portable Offices Limited said, “I’m looking forward to my 13th Great North Run but a little nervous to find out whether I’m faster and stronger and have more stamina again. A lot of people seem to think this is a record for consecutive personal best times, so there’s a bit of pressure to not disappoint.

“The serious reason for doing this though is to raise funds for charity. Over the years I have raised over £8,000 for charity through the Great North Run. My friends, family and colleagues have supported me over the years, especially my wife Rachel.

"No child should lose their life or lose limbs to this disease"

“I hope this helps raise awareness for MRF – an important charity which has a big plan to defeat meningitis by 2030. No child should lose their life or lose limbs to this disease. Please give anything you can spare.”

Donations can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leedolman

Esther Trackman, Events Fundraising Manager at MRF said, “We're excited to have Lee on team MRF again this year. We hope he finds the energy to run faster again but whatever his time we’re grateful for his contribution to the charity.

"Good luck to everyone running for MRF this weekend and thank you. The funds raised will help us enormously with our work including our research, awareness and support programmes.”

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