Runners help to raise over £9k for charity

A group of HospiceCare North Northumberland runners.
A group of HospiceCare North Northumberland runners.

Charity runners who tackled Sunday’s Bupa Great North Run have helped to raise more than £9,000 for HospiceCare North Northumberland.

Thirty-five hardy souls battled the hot conditions to complete the 13.1-mile course, from Newcastle to South Shields.

Emma Arthur, event and community fund-raiser for HospiceCare North Northumberland, with Nigel Mortimer.

Emma Arthur, event and community fund-raiser for HospiceCare North Northumberland, with Nigel Mortimer.

Among those to take part was Louisa Stewart, from Felton, who ran in memory of her mother who died of cancer 20 years ago. She crossed the line in 2.00.15.

HospiceCare volunteer Nigel Mortimer, from RAF Boulmer, went the extra mile for the cause, tackling the run in his full search and rescue overwater kit and completed the half-marathon in 2.22.51.

Daniel Parish’s participation in the event was thrown in doubt when he endured a sporting injury just five days before the starting gun. Despite being in lots of pain, he battled through to not only start the run, but finish it in 2.02.13.

He was running in memory of his grandparents who died of cancer within months of each other.

Claire Jamieson and her partner Stephen Davies.

Claire Jamieson and her partner Stephen Davies.

He said: “Hospices take the time to care for your loved ones 24/7, they make their every step towards end of their life that huge step easier - or as easy as it can be - by constantly caring, never neglecting and showering any of the people there with endless amounts of passion and empathy.”

Helen Henderson was part of a team who pushed a friend round in a wheelchair and they finished in three hours and 53 minutes.

Helen said: “It has been a traumatic six months for my friend but she got round in a wheelchair, with the help of a fantastic team.

“It showed me what can be achieved if you have the courage and determination to try, and good friends to help along the way not just on the day, but every day. It was such a privilege to be part of this special day because my friend is such an inspirational woman.”

Claire Jamieson and her partner Stephen Davies ran in memory of Claire’s granny Edith, who passed away in January. Claire finished in 2.14.09, while Stephen was slightly quicker in 2.09.38.

Claire said: “We feel very proud to have been able to run the Great North Run for such an amazing charity that is very close to both of our hearts.

“It was my fourth Great North Run and Stephen’s first and the hospice was so supportive throughout our training with many messages of encouragement in the build up.”

HospiceCare, which has centres in Alnwick and Berwick, is the main provider of palliative care in North Northumberland delivering care and support to adults who have life-limiting illnesses, as well as to their families and carers.

Emma Arthur, event and community fund-raiser, said: “Well done to our Great North Run team for completing the World’s Greatest Half Marathon on a very warm day. We are all very proud of you.

“Some of our runners were taking part for the first time. It was great to see so many of you at the Help the Hospices Charity Tent where you were supplied with tea, refreshments and well-deserved massages.”

Those taking part for HospiceCare were: Nigel Blackburn; Natasha Blackburn; Elaine Durham; Rachel Grey; Sonia Armstrong; Claire Price; Angela Matthewson; Julia Matthewson; Emma Matthewson; Heather Watson; Brian Watson; Jack Watson; Helen Henderson; Carn Peaston; Laura Matthews; Richard Tate; Mark Tate; Susan Rochester; Debbie Potter; Alison Lowes; Andrew Park; Christopher Newlands; Claire Jamieson; Stephen Davies; Robert McCarthy; Victoria Young; Judith Davis; Nigel Mortimer; Louisa Stewart; Paul Drummond; Daniel Parish; -David Rackstraw; Ian Fraser; Rebecca Taylor; Alex Reed.

The Hospice is now taking names of those interested in running next year’s Great North Run for the cause. For more information contact Emma by emailing or call 01665 606515.