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Rev on the run!

A west Cumbrian vicar is set to take on a gruelling half marathon to help fund his daughter’s charity mission to Ethiopia.

Revd Chris Casey, Priest-in-Charge at St Andrew’s Mirehouse, will compete in next month’s Bupa Great North Run.

The 13.10 mile course takes runners from Newcastle city centre through to South Shields.

Chris will be raising money to help pay for his daughter, Liana, to travel to Ethiopia as part of a team from Poverty Swap Cockermouth. The charity helps people living in poverty across the world.

He said: “This is a perfect opportunity to combine my love of running with a hugely important and worthwhile cause.

“I’m thrilled to be able to help Liana travel to Ethiopia to make a difference to the lives of people who really need our help.

“The run will be tough, but it’s nothing like as hard as the lives lead by those people Liana will be helping.”

Liana is due to travel to Ethiopia next April as part of a six-strong Poverty Swap team. She will work in a centre supporting women who have HIV, helping with family support and business start up.

Chris, who has been a keen runner for 15 years, has been in regular training ahead of the event, completing 25 miles a week in preparation.

It’s the fourth time he will have taken part in the Great North Run.

Liana said: “I’m incredibly proud of what my dad is doing and all the training he’s put into this.

“It’s brilliant to think that the money he raises will help fund a trip through which we can help so many poor and impoverished people. I can’t thank him enough.”

So far Chris has raised just short of £700. He has set a target of raising £1,000 to go towards the Ethiopian mission.

Chris has set up a fundraising page at




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