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Crook's Lyndon to tackle the Great North Run with a little help from his friends
TEENAGE Paralympic hopeful Lyndon Longhorne will have a go at the Great North Run along with 40 classmates.
The 17-year-old from County Durham will traverse the 13.2 mile course in his wheelchair being pushed by friend Brad Dobson.
Lyndon and the rest of his team from Durham Sixth Form Centre will be running to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.
Lyndon, from Crook, had both his legs and an arm amputated after he contracted meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia when he was eight-and-a-half months old.
He is now hoping to swim for Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil as well as being an ambassador for the Meningitis Trust.
The school is given 40 places in the run as a thank you for the more than 100 volunteers they provide on event day, with duties including chaperoning the professional athletes to drugs tests after the run.
Sports teacher Richard Miller said: “Lyndon has played a big part in organising the runners this year and it only seemed right that we raised money for his charity.”
Brad Dobson, 18, from Peterlee, said: “I volunteered to push Lyndon’s chair, he is a top man.”
It will be the first time any of the teenagers have had a go at the Great North Run, although Lyndon’s mother Tammy Shevels completed the course in 1999.
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