Samantha’s half marathon in memory of grandfather

Tom Hindson was dubbed ‘Runaway grandad’ in 1995 in what was then the Northumberland Herald and Post after missing his granddaughter’s christening.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 2:01 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th September 2019, 3:31 am
Samantha Ramshaw with the 1995 newspaper article and Tom Hindson's medal from that year.

But he had a good reason, as he was taking in the Great North Run in aid of a children’s charity at Wansbeck General Hospital – he did this on multiple occasions.

Tom raised over £1,000 and had her name, Samantha, engraved in his medal.

Now, 24 years later, Morpeth resident Samantha has completed the same half marathon in memory of him and to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK.

She said her grandfather,who died when she was 13, still went out running even when he had Alzheimer's.

The 24-year-old added: “I was successful in getting a place for this year’s Great North Run and I’m delighted to have raised £400 so far for the charity in his memory.

“I started training in February by walking and running, then worked my way up to a 10-mile run a few days beforehand. I was nervous as I had a recent procedure on my nose because of the nose bleeds I was having, but although I had to stop a few times to sort my nose out, there were no nose bleeds and I completed the run.

“It was an incredible experience – noise from the crowds was amazing – and I have a medal to add to Tom’s that I’ve had for many years.”

Samantha did a midwivery degree and returned to Morpeth 18 months ago. She works in Sunderland.

www.gofundme.com and type Samantha Ramshaw in to donate.