More than 50 amazing people donned their trainers to run with purpose for young people in recovery from cancer this autumn, raising a whooping £24,000 and counting. This will make a huge difference to more young people having the chance to rebuild their confidence.
The first of the Trust running events kicked off last month (Sunday 8 September) with the Simplyhealth Great North Run. Only one year after getting the all-clear from thyroid cancer, young person, Meg Holgate, took on the challenge to give something back to the Trust for helping her restore her confidence.
Together with her partner, Dan, they smashed the 13.1 route through Newcastle. Check out the interview below, broadcast during BBC One’s live Great North Run coverage, to hear how the support of the Trust gave her the courage to take on this challenge.
Next up was the prestigious Royal Parks Half marathon (Sunday 13 October). After high demand, this year the Trust managed to secure more places than ever before and a marquee to support the team of 36 runners. Despite the rain it was a fantastic day, and even Trust CEO, Frank Fletcher, took part.
Laura Currie was inspired to run for the Trust after seeing the difference the trips made to her cousin.
She said: “After taking part in many runs, this was my first Royal Parks Half, and it was by far my favourite. The route was beautiful and knowing I was running for such a fantastic charity helped get me through the tough bits.”
Last but by no means least last Sunday (20 October) the Trust Tribe made their way to Portsmouth to take on Europe’s greatest 10-mile road race, the Simplyhealth Great South Run. This has been a firm favourite in the Trust’s event calendar for many years now and this year didn’t disappoint.
Long term Trust supporter, Gary Hall, took on the Great South Run for the second time.
He said: “There is always a fantastic atmosphere and the support from the Trust crew as well as the crowds in general really helped me get around. I was happy to ‘complete and not compete’ and finished in a time of 1 hour 48 minutes.”
Gary was grateful for the words of encouragement and cheering of the Trust volunteers, whose support is invaluable in making our events a success – we simply can’t thank you enough.
A BIG congratulations to everyone who put their best foot forward.
We’re so grateful to everyone that joined the #TrustTribe, whether first-time runners, young people that have been on our trips and their friends and family, or Trust veterans they were all striving for one thing – to empower young people in recovery from cancer.
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