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A leading North East law firm has gone the extra mile to celebrate a special birthday for one of its longest serving solicitors.

Newcastle-based Mincoffs Solicitors organised a takeover of the popular Town Moor Parkrun earlier this month to surprise consultant Howard Gold on his 80th birthday.

A keen runner, Howard has been involved with the parkrun for many years and now supports the organisation as a volunteer, with his birthday celebration marking the 183rd time he has volunteered for the event.

More than 80 staff, family and friends took to the parkrun in specially-designed ‘Running for Gold’ t-shirts to show their appreciation for Howard, who joined the firm in 1969 and worked closely with founder Harry Mincoff.


Howard acted as senior partner for many years and established the business’ corporate and real estate departments, working on some of the region’s most high profile commercial property deals, before stepping down to become a consultant.

“I had no idea that anything was planned and it was a massive surprise to see everyone at the parkrun,” said Howard.

“After getting over the initial shock, I really enjoyed the morning and I’m very appreciative to everyone who went to such lengths to acknowledge my great age.”

Julie Parr, chief operating officer at Mincoffs,  organised the event alongside HR and office manager, Michelle Dodds, after learning about Howard’s passion for running.

“Howard didn’t want any fuss for his birthday but reaching the significant milestone of 80 years could not go unrecognised by us, considering all he has given to Mincoffs,” she said.

“Howard often tells us about the virtues of the Town Moor Parkrun and encourages us to get involved, so he could not believe it when 80 of us turned up.

“It was a fantastic morning as we all proudly wore our ‘Running for Gold’ t-shirts and it felt like the right way for all of us at Mincoffs to celebrate and wish Howard Gold a very, very happy birthday.”

The event was organised with the support of Town Moor Parkrun, the Heaton Harriers and Urban Café.

Mincoffs Solicitors has provided expert legal services and advice across the North East and beyond for 75 years.

Alongside corporate and commercial services, the firm’s offering includes real estatedispute resolutionemploymentlicensing and gamingresidential conveyancingfamily and wills, probate and trusts.

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