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When a request came through asking for sponsorship to raise money for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Solar Solve Marine were quick to help out. Based in South Shields where the run ends it was a great opportunity for the local South Tyneside company to make a donation to help a good cause.

Adrian Cheesman, M.D. of Demob Job Ltd, previously served in the Armed Forces and decided to take part in the world’s most popular half marathon for the 3rd consecutive year to raise funds for SSAFA. Adrian established his company in 2005 to provide a nationwide recruitment service placing ex Forces candidates into employment; personnel who have previously served in the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army. The company is based at TEDCO in South Shields and mainly concentrates on engineering and technical roles.

From just 5,000 runners at the very first staging in 1981, the Great North Run has now become a favourite in the running calendar with over 40,000 runners pounding the streets from Newcastle to South Shields in the world’s biggest half marathon. The 13.1 mile run starts in the centre of the city and finishes on the picturesque South Shields coastline.

Adrian commented: “ The Great North Run is one of the iconic British running events and is a great opportunity to raise money for charity as well as keeping fit at the same time, SSAFA are the national charity for those who serve in our Armed Forces, those who used to serve, and their families. I’m delighted that I managed to complete the run in a personal best time of 2 hours and 34 seconds shaving off over 8 minutes from last year.  I now look forward to a sub 2 hour run in 2013. ”

Julie Lightfoot, The M.D. of Solar Solve commented: “Because we supply both commercial and military ships we though it was appropriate that we should sponsor Adrian’s chosen charity and are delighted to help with this worthy cause”.

Top Image – Julie Lightfoot, M.D. of Solar Solve Marine presenting a cheque to Adrian Cheesman, M.D. of Demob Job, both based in South Shields, surrounded by some of Solar Solve’s staff.