KIND-HEARTED runners put their best foot forward for charity, as part of the Bupa Great North Run weekend.
Colleagues of an Alnwick man who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year tackled the world’s biggest half-marathon on Sunday in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Northumbrian Water’s Graeme Telford and workmate Steve O’Hair, both from Washington, ran in honour of Mick Clark, who worked for the company for more than 20 years. The father of two, who was born in Amble, died in February, aged 47.
The pair’s efforts in the 13.1-mile run, combined with a 104-mile bike ride along the coast and castles route between Newcastle and Berwick in August by eleven of Mick’s colleagues – including Graeme – has helped raise £5,500 for the cause.
The charity was chosen by Mick’s family as a thank-you for the excellent medical care he received, especially at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.
Other notable performances in the weekend’s half-marathon from people around the area included Amble athlete Ian Harding, who runs for the Morpeth Harriers and finished in 28th position in a time of 1:08:02.
There were also a number of Alnwick Harriers who tackled the event, including Richard Agan who came 171st in a time of 1:21:15 and Adam Spiller who crossed the line in 1:23:14 and in 248th position.
Some Alnwick Harriers also ran in charity places or under pseudonyms, including Andy Squires who ran with a charity number finishing in 1:29:08 and Anne Allan and Phil Lee who finished together in 2:02:11.
Northumberland Gazette reporter James Willoughby also took part in the race, completing the course in 1:33:03 while Northeast Press managing director Stuart Birkett crossed the line in 1:45:53.
On Saturday, Hadston youngsters Will and Eden Howard took part in the Bupa Mini Great North Run, raising more than £500 in memory of their elder brother Niall who died in 2002 of a brain tumour, aged seven.
It was the first time that Eden, aged three, had taken part in the 1.5K race, while Will, aged six, has tackled the Mini run before.
The money will be shared among the charities that helped Niall throughout his illness and thanks have been given to everyone for their generous donations.
Whittingham teenager Phillip Winkler, 14, competed in the Bupa Junior Great North Run on the same day, finishing the 4K route in 14m18s and sixth in category, while Sarah Wilkes, 15, and from Warkworth, also tackled the Junior run. The teenager, who was 14 on the day of the race, finished in 17m24s and 11th in category. Both are Morpeth Harriers. Sarah’s younger brother George, eight, took part in the Mini run.