A DEDICATED runner is set to take on his 15th challenge in four years for a charity supporting people with learning disabilities.

Paul Foster, of Maldon, will take part in the Great North Run in Newcastle on Sunday, September 8 to raise cash for the charity Hft.

The charity supports adults with learning disabilities so they can live the best life possible.

Mr Foster, 57, has been challenge himself to complete a host of athletic events including the cycling race RideLondon and the Isle of Wight Challenge earlier this year.

He has also previously completed the London Marathon on four occasions.

He said: “I’m really excited to be tackling the Great North Run.

“I’ve never done this challenge before and can’t wait to enjoy the atmosphere and aim for a good finish time, all while raising important funds for a charity that makes such a positive impact to people with learning disabilities.”

Mr Foster’s passion for Hft came after learning about the charity’s Bishop’s Stortford service, which helps more than 20 people at any one time.

The charity provides a range of services, from supported living to daytime events.

Mr Foster has been an Army reserve officer and now works as a manager for a financial ombudsman service in London.

In preparation for the race he is running every day and raised money for his local Freemasons’ lodge.

The 13.1-mile stretch on Tyneside represents another bucket list moment in his life.

The route spans from Newcastle city centre all the way to the coast of South Shields and passes along a route that features a host of famous landmarks including the Tyne Bridge.

Emma Macdonald, Hft’s sports and challenge events manager, said: “Everyone has the right to live the life they choose and people with learning disabilities are no exception.

“With the support of people like Paul we can support people in all areas of their life.”

To find out more about the charity, visit www.hft.org.uk/about-us/