26 Nov

Lord Of The Run

Paul Smith with north east football shirts

Paul Smith, also known as Lord Smythe, is aiming to turn the shortest day of the year into his longest run by taking in all four of the north east football stadiums. His challenge, which begins on 21 December, will see him cover an estimated 65 miles.

Starting at St. James' Park, Paul will move on to Sunderland's Stadium of Light, Hartlepool's Victoria Park and then Middlesbrough's Riverside. To complete the challenge, Paul is aiming to cheer on his team Hartlepool United when they play Burton Albion at 3pm.

As of January 2007, Paul has embarked on his very own run streak, which involves running for a minimum of 15 minutes each day. Speaking to northernrunningguide.com, Paul said his upcoming challenge was in part a continuation of his long-standing run a day commitment: "To keep the streak going I'm thinking of ideas all the time to keep things fresh and if I can inspire others and help others through my running that is more than an added bonus! This idea came to me in the middle of the night it's fair to say I prefer running to sleeping."

On the theme of the challenge, he added: "I knew it needed to be a toughie and also required a football theme in both the running and the fundraising as the two chosen charities suggest Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Sir Bobby a true legend in football terms and his legacy lives on through the foundation."

You can make a donation by visiting his virgin moneygiving page.