Naomi gets inspired to tackle the Great North Run

Naomi Harrison
Naomi Harrison

A chance viewing of a documentary has led a former Alnwick woman to sign up for this year’s Great North Run.

Naomi Harrison, 27, has been inspired to tackle the half-marathon for Harrison’s Fund after watching the charity’s founder, Alex Smith, battle it out in a gruelling triathlon during a Discovery Channel programme.

In 2016, Alex attempted to beat a world record by competing in The Challenge Denmark Ironman Challenge with his son Harrison – pushing and pulling him along the course in specially-formatted equipment.

Harrison, 12, suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. He has to rely on a wheelchair for support.

Naomi, who now lives in Newcastle, said: “I saw Alex on the documentary a few years ago and he was so inspiring.

“Hearing about the disease and what it does was heart-breaking; it was really hard to take in. I decided to sign up for the Great North Run and try to make a difference to the charity, even if that is just raising awareness to all my friends and family and a small donation.

“Now I feel I have a purpose to run and I will have Harrison and his family in the back of my mind pushing me all the way.“

The Great North Run takes place on September 9 and Naomi hopes to raise at least £500 for Harrison’s Fund.

The charity works to fund research into Duchenne. Its goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure.

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