Doctor carries the torch for his grandchildren

Dr Alan Craft
Dr Alan Craft
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Name: Alan Craft

Age: 65

Home town: Embleton

Relay section: Duns

HE has competed in every Great North Run since it started in 1981 and has helped to raise £15million for children’s cancer – Dr Alan Craft is a worthy Olympic Torchbearer.

Dr Craft set up the Children’s Cancer Run 30 years ago and has helped to organise it every year since.

He is also president of Northumberland Scouts and chairman of the National Scouts Association.

Dr Craft was nominated by his wife and is taking part for his grandchildren who are four and 18 months old.

“I thought it was daft when she asked me about it,” he said.

“But she said you should do it for the grandchildren as they will think it is wonderful.

“It will be good for them to know that I did it.”

Dr Craft will be carrying the Torch in Duns, and would have liked to be in Alnwick, but he is hoping family and friends will turn out to see him. “I am certainly looking forward to it,” he added.

“But if it had been further south more people would have been able to come and watch, but I think it will be good.”

Dr Craft is a professor of child health at Newcastle RVI and set up the children’s cancer unit.