THE countdown has begun to one of the biggest fun runs in Europe, held to raise money for children battling cancer.
Applications are now being taken for the 30th Greggs Children’s Cancer Run at Newcastle’s Gosforth Racecourse on Sunday, May 13.
The five-mile run raises money for North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR), a fund set up to pay for studies into medication and cures for childhood cancer.
Newcastle United legends Alan Shearer and Paul Bracewell were joined by comedian Brendan Healy and children receiving treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for the launch of the run.
Alan, the biggest of Wallsend Boys’ Club’s many success stories, said: “The money raised for NECCR is vitally important not only for children in the north east but across the world.
“The more people that take part in the run the more research into cures and medication for childhood cancer can be undertaken.
“Without the run, the research simply could not be carried out at the level it is.”
More than £5m has been raised since the run was launched three decades ago at the King’s School in Tynemouth after pupil Chris Peacock, now the event’s chairman, was diagnosed with cancer.
Chris said: “When I was first diagnosed with cancer of the kidney at the age of four, I was given just a 30 per cent chance of survival. Now the figure is at 80 per cent.”
The event includes a five-mile cross-country run and a one-mile run for under-sevens. Entry is £12 or £6 for under-sevens.
For details or to book a place, visit www.childrenscancerrun.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org