A number of people from north Northumberland took place in Sunday’s Great North Run, including friends and loved ones of a popular headteacher who lost her cancer battle in the summer.
Well-respected Sally Wood, 50, passed away at her Alnwick home at the end of July, after being diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme in November. She left behind her husband of 29 years Richard, as well as her four daughters, Ellen, Beth, Rowan and Caitlin.
Sally taught in Northumberland schools for numerous years and was headteacher at Hugh Joicey C of E Aided First School at Ford. HospiceCare North Northumberland, which has centres in Alnwick and Berwick, supported Sally and her family in the last four months of her life.
To give something back, her sons-in-law Luke Comer, Luke Bray and Rowan’s boyfriend Harry Roberts, ran the half-marathon for the charity. Fittingly, Harry was the first runner to cross the finish-line out of the 74 who ran for HospiceCare, completing the course in an impressive 1:27.17. The lads have so far raised more than £3,364.
Peter Lindley, Kerrie Green and Zoe Turner, who teach at Hugh Joicey First School, also ran in memory of Sally.
Fellow teachers Michelle Makepeace, Craig Warburton, Susan Young and Emma Langman, from Alnwick’s Swansfield Park First School, also ran for the Hospice.
Other runners for HospiceCare included Katy Wright, European product presentation manager at Nike, who came over from Amsterdam to join the team. Katy’s mum Sue supported her with her fund-raising as Katy’s auntie has had her second operation in three weeks for breast cancer.
Sarah Bell, Jacqui Armstrong and Simon Hindmarsh, aka Team Matthewson, ran in memory of Angela Matthewson and have so far raised around £1,500.
Angela, who was part of the hospice’s fund-raising team, was 37 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. After a five-year battle, she passed away in 2014.
HospiceCare’s lymphoedema specialist nurse, Debbie Allan, ran the Great North Run for the first time and completed it in 2:46.36 – a great effort considering she has just taken up running this year. She has raised more than £1,130.
It was HospiceCare’s largest ever team to take part and so far the group has raised more than £15,879 for the cause, with Gift Aid on top.
This one’s in memory of you, Steve
Twenty-two runners from Felton and Thirston took on the Great North Run for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), in memory of a pilot who was killed last year.
The group tackled the 13.1-mile course in honour of Steve Clarehugh, from Eshott airfield.
The charity was close to Steve’s heart and one of the many achievements in his life was being awarded a certificate of commendation by the Civil Air Patrol.
He was given this honour after he landed his aircraft on a local golf course so that he could render first aid to the crew of an aircraft that he had witnessed crashing into an adjacent wood.
Because of Steve’s intervention, along with the vital support from the Great North Air Ambulance, it is highly likely that the two crew members owe their survival to his quick actions.
Among the runners at the Great North Run was his wife Fiona and son Scott. Scott said: “Dad would have been immensely proud that so many people pulled together to do this in his honour.
“He’d also be the one waiting for us at the finish line chuckling that we’ve all been so daft as to go for a run when we could have been doing something far less strenuous.”
Jay Steward, GNAAS chief pilot, said: “We want to say a big thank-you to the group for raising funds for the GNAAS and in memory of a fellow pilot.”
If you would like to find out more about donating to the GNAAS, visit the JustGiving link that has been set up in Steve’s memory at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Clarehugh
Junior footballers net cash for good causes
Junior footballers from Alnwick Town Football Club tackled the Junior Great North Run on Saturday.
The U8 Tigers ran for the British Heart Foundation and team funds. The U10 Scorpions ran in memory of Aidan Jackowiak Smith, from Alnwick, who died last year. The four-year-old had Cloves Syndrome, suffering swelling to his face and body, and was dubbed the rarest boy in the world. His cousin, Jack Milligan, was part of the Scorpions team to take on the run.
Pictured left is the U8 Tigers. They are Oscar Redpath; Roman Balmbra; D-Romeo Osei; Jessica Jones; and Leo McDonald, who were joined by managers Michael Trench and Leigh McDonald, as well as Louise Jones, the adult helper on the day.
Pictured right is the U10 Scorpions. Pictured in the back row are adult helper Lynne Moffat; manager Michael Trench; Aidan’s dad Karl Smith; adult helper Jodie Davies; and Aidan’s aunt Lee-Ann Milligan. In the middle row are Jack Milligan; Luke Patterson; Kaiden Miah and Joe Frater. In the bottome row are Findlay Dixon and Connor Dollin, joined by Aidan’s cousin Noah Milligan and Grace Frater.
Club representative Becky Patterson said: “All the children did amazingly well.”
Fund-raising for memorial charity
Seven runners tackled the Great North Run in aid of The Stephen Carey Fund set up in honour of the 21-year-old from Alnmouth who collapsed and died while playing football in 2012. Since it was formed, the Fund has provided more than 80 defibrillators throughout the region. It also teaches vital first aid.
Bridie makes it 22 and counting
Bridie Bennett, from Longhoughton, completed her 22nd consecutive Great North Run raising money for Breast Cancer Care and Cancer Research.
Bridie, who is a nurse at Rothbury Surgery, said: “Although the half-marathon is tough and running in fancy-dress in the heat is a further challenge, it makes people smile and it is nothing compared to the journey of the people who get a cancer diagnosis and undergo treatment.
“Hopefully all the thousands of pounds raised by all the runners for all worthwhile charities at the Great North Run must make a difference.”
Fancy dress fund-raiser
Dressed as a teddy bear, Felicity Tunnard took on the Great North Run in aid of Martin House Children’s Hospice.
She has raised £550 so far, with more sponsorship money still coming in.
The community worker at St Aidan’s Church, in Stobhill, finished the course in three hours, 16 minutes.
Felicity is pictured, left, cooling off without her teddy bear head!
In memory of dad
Renira Barnes, 56, from Felton completed the half-marathon in two hours 20 minutes. She raised £150 for Parkinson’s UK and ran alongside her two sisters, Camila Bird and Frankie Morris, as their dad had the disease.
Marie Curie is the winner
Karen Louise Morrison did the Great North Run for the first time. She said: “I would love to thank all my family, friends and all the lovely customers from the Yorkshire Building Society, Alnwick, who kindly sponsored me to help raise money for Marie Curie.”
‘A fantastic day and atmosphere’
Sunday was Claire Bowron’s first Great North Run and she described it as a fantastic day and a great atmosphere. She is a volunteer medic for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue and she ran in aid of the charity, crossing the finish-line in two hours, 20 minutes.