HospiceCare North Northumberland have just had their biggest ever GNR with a record number of 73 runners taking part this year – one being our very own James Willoughby.
Emma Arthur, Events and Community Fundraiser for the hospice said “It’s been another fantastic year for us. It’s such a tremendous feeling to have this support from our local community. Over the last 5 years we have seen our GNR runners grow from just 9 to the 73 who ran for us this year. One of our runners was Doreen Scantlebury, HospiceCare nurse, who said “The Great North Run was a huge challenge for me (double the distance I've done in the past!), the atmosphere was brilliant and although it was very challenging my incentive was to raise money for the HospiceCare.” Doreen crossed the line in 2hrs 04mins.
As a runner myself, It’s always so humbling to greet the runners as they cross the finish line, as I fully appreciate the months of training that goes into preparing for the GNR and the dedication needed to take part. We are very lucky to have this incredible local support. We’re also chuffed that James Willoughby not only came first over the finish line for HospiceCare, with a personal best of 1hr 23mins, but was the 300 GNR runner out of 43,000 finishers.
Special thanks also to our three massage therapists who attended to ensure that our runners had a bit of pampering after crossing the finishing line, together with our HospiceCare volunteer team who offered a warm welcome and great hospitality.” Justine Blackshaw one of our runners posted on facebook “Thank you guys for the fabulous hospitality- I was so happy to run for such an amazing charity! What we did today was nothing compared to what you guys do on a daily basis so "Thank you"