Charity looking for more run support

Runners for Maggie's ahead of last year's Great North Run.

Runners for Maggie's ahead of last year's Great North Run.

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A charity is looking for runners in the biggest half marathon to help support their cause.

Maggie’s, which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends, is looking for people to join their Great North Run team.

The charity already has 74 runners set to don the purple vest and take on the 13.1 mile route from Newcastle to South Shields.

And they are calling any runners who already have their own place in the half marathon to join their team and help raise awareness of the Cancer Centre.

Kelly Knighting-Wykes, centre fundraising manager at Maggie’s Newcastle, said: “We are delighted at how many people have joined our running team so far, and they are all looking forward to the event.

“We would love to have as many people as possible wearing our charity vests and helping us increase awareness of Maggie’s on the day, so we are looking for those who have their own places in the run to come forward and help us.

“Own place runners don’t have a minimum sponsorship target for fundraising, so anything they raise is a bonus.

“But running as part of our team and wearing the Maggie’s logo will really help us raise awareness of the Centre, and that is invaluable.

“Everyone on our running team is supported throughout their Great North Run journey with a training programme and supporter pack.

“We will also have a number of cheer points along the route and will welcome our runners with open arms in the tent at the end.”

Anyone interested in joining the Maggie’s Running Team should contact fundraising organiser Hayley Revell on (0191) 233 6605 or email hayleyr@maggiescentres.org.

Runners can also complete an online form at www.maggiescentres.org/how-you-can-help/take-part/running-events/great-north-run