A PUB in north Durham has come up with an unusual way to raise money for charity.

The Beer Belly Fun Run consists of five 1km laps of Consett, punctuated by half pints, with a full pint at the end.

It is hoped the race will encourage beer fans to take part, have fun and support Parkinson’s UK at the same time.

The Grey Horse, with support from the local running club, The Blackhill Bounders, will be hosting the event on Sunday, August 30, at 3pm.

The race starts and finishes at the pub and Kath Croft, is supplying a barrel of free ale and putting on a buffet.

Local Band The Rag Pickers will also be playing to entertain the crowds.

Organiser, Ian Pratt explains: “This event is part of a fundraising series because a teacher, Nigel Nattress, who is a regular at The Grey Horse pub was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of just 49 last December.

“He has had to give up working and the progression of the condition has been quite rapid.

“Parkinson’s UK needs more funds for research to limit the debilitating effects of the condition and find a cure. It’s a fun event but hopefully we can raise some vital funds to help.”

Entry forms can be picked up from the Grey Horse on Sherburn Terrace, Consett or email Ian Pratt for more information on Harris.pratt2@btopenworld.com.

On the day registration will also be open from 2pm. Entry costs £10 per team.

To sponsor the event, please visit Ian’s online sponsorship page: www.justgiving.com/ian-pratt4/