Portsmouth councillor to complete run for area

Cllr Rob New and his Labrador Crixus
Cllr Rob New and his Labrador Crixus
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A COUNCILLOR is running 10km to raise money for improvements to the community.

Tory councillor Rob New, who represents Copnor for Portsmouth City Council, has launched the challenge to pay for a Christmas tree in his ward as well as other improvements.

He is training for the run which he hopes to complete on September 24.

Cllr New said: ‘After a recent survey of residents and a fantastic feedback for community improvements one item really stuck out above all of the others. It was the request for a Christmas tree for Copnor.

‘So with this in mind, I’ve set myself challenge to run 10km with my trusty sidekick Crixus the Labrador.

‘I’m not a natural runner and it’s painful to run any sort of distance.

‘But with both the community improvements in mind that I want to achieve, I can’t think of a better way to raise funds than by really challenging myself and putting our area first.’

To make a donation to Cllr New visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/robert-new-copnor.