HUNDREDS of county residents have helped good causes by taking part in Sunday’s Great North Run.
Those completing the 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields included three people from the Contact Morpeth Mental Health charity – therapist Lynn Munro, centre manager Audrey Anderson and tutor Kevin Dowling.
Audrey said: “It was an excellent day and we were all pleased with our times, which showed that our training had paid off.
“We’re delighted with the response from members of the public to our fund-raising. Every penny will go towards activities and services that will benefit our members.”
A team of nine workers from Sanderson Arcade did the run to collect funds for the Sick Children’s Trust.
They included Lizzi Brown of Handelsbanken, who said: “It was hard work, but I was thrilled to complete the run. It helped that there was so much support for the runners along the route.
“We’re grateful to everyone who has supported us because the Sick Children’s Trust does some fantastic work.”
Cath Armstrong was pushed in a wheelchair by daughter Rena and Rena’s friend Rebecca Senior to raise money for the Morpeth-based MS Research and Relief Fund, which provides Cath and other MS sufferers with vital support and facilities.
Her husband Robin also did the run for the charity.
Cath enjoyed the atmosphere on the day and said that over £1,000 has been raised online, with more funds to come from other sources.
Members of Claire’s Dance Academy in Morpeth (Summer Bowman, Kyle Bowman, Evie Woodford, Matilda Woodford, Grace Briddon, Niamh Bowman, Gabrielle Jones, Grace Cockburn, Sophie Hanna, Jessica Holmes, Alfie Holmes-Wharton, Laura Mirfield, Holly Jordan, Sophie Newton, Emma Hume and Kristi Wilson) ran in the Mini and Junior Great North Runs to collect money for the RVI – Tiny Lives charity.
James Piet did the junior run and dad Arjan did the main run to fund-raise for Percy Hedley. James attends its school in Killingworth.