Great North Run for Stoney Lead Dipper

Michael at the Great North Run
Michael at the Great North Run

Stonehaven man Michael Hopkins took part in the world famous half marathon Morrisons Great North Run this weekend in Newcastle.

On Sunday September 13, Michael set off at 11.10am from Newcastle to South Shields.

The 32-year-old was one of 57,000 people taking part and running for Clic Sargent and managed to raised a three figure sum. He came in 14,581 with a time of 2 hours 5 minutes and 34 seconds.

Michael said: “I did my hardest to get under two hours which I managed to do in Stonehaven’s half marathon this year but glad I did it”

Michael has been part of Clic Sargent since 2008 by doing the Stonehaven’s New Year Dip and Nip and has done Kilt Walks, Edinburgh Half Marathons and other events and he has raised over £4000 for children’ cancer. Sadly back in June Michael lost his mum to lung cancer, who lived in South Shields before moving to Stonehaven and he still has family there.

He added: “My mum always wanted me to keep smiling and just keep going and never stop and since June I haven’t.

“I have a new job position within my work, doing Lions, being joint bestman in the summer, time with girlfriend and mates, planning 2016 stuff especially the Dip!”

Holly Taylor who is Grampian branch manager of Clic Sargent had a meeting with Michael about the Dip a few months ago but they are hoping a good turn out and get a good amount money raised.

Michael will take part in his eighth dip on News Years Day but is looking to retire as lead dipper after his seventh outing as the man at the front of the to queue to jump into the sea at Stonehaven harbour.