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Olympic Gymnast To Run Great North Run For Tameside Charity
Thursday 8th September 2016 @ 11:22 by Mark Phillip

On Sunday 11 September, Craig Heap will be limbering up to run 13.1 miles for local Tameside charity, the Believe and Achieve Trust.

Craig, who is a patron for the charity, first got involved when the Believe and Achieve Trust was formed as he was a good friend of Alex Williams, who passed away in 2012 from a stroke caused by the after effects of meningitis.

When he takes part in the run, Craig will only have been back from Rio for a week, where he has been presenting at the 2016 Olympic Games. Since his retirement from gymnastics, Craig has become a motivational speaker and has appeared as a judge on BBC One’s ‘Tumble.’

Craig Heap said: “It’s great running for a charity that does so much for sport, which is obviously an area I’m incredibly passionate about.”

“Alex’s attitude continues to inspire me daily, and so I’m really looking forward to the run.”

The Believe and Achieve Trust’s Director, Alison Williams, added: “I am so proud of Craig for taking on the challenge of the Great North Run.”

“My son Alex always looked up to Craig and always said he wanted to be like the ‘amazing Craig Heap!’ It was Craig who inspired Alex to start doing his inspirational assemblies for school children.”

“Craig is really showing that if you believe you can achieve and the money he raises will make such a difference in Tameside.”

To support Craig in his quest to raise money for the Believe and Achieve Trust, visit his JustGiving page: