Grantham pensioner to take on Great North Run

Lion Paul Whitworth.
Lion Paul Whitworth.
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A Grantham pensioner is set to get his teeth into a 13.1-mile challenge for charity.

Paul Whitworth, 66, the president of the Sleaford and District Lions Club, is due to take on the Great North Run on Sunday, September 11, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Paul, from Grantham, has signed up for the iconic half marathon as part of events to mark the 100th year of Lions Clubs International in 2017.

The aim is to raise enough money to train a hearing dog.
Writing on his JustGiving fundraising page, Paul says: “I have secured a place in this year’s Great North Run half-marathon and although I have not run this distance for well over 25 years I am spurred on to run it again for such a good cause.”

Paul, a regular jogger, says he intends to ‘tuck in just behind Mo Farah ... about five miles behind’.

Speaking of the cause, he adds: “Having a Hearing Dog gives independence and security to not just an adult deaf person but a youngster as well. Between us we can transform someone’s life.”

You can find Pauls’s JustGiving page at

Donations can also be made via Lion Bob Coxhead on 01529 304602.