More than ever enjoy charity run

Greggs chief executive Ken McMeikan at the start of the five mile North of England Children's Cancer Research (NECCR) run.

Greggs chief executive Ken McMeikan at the start of the five mile North of England Children's Cancer Research (NECCR) run.

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RUNNERS from the borough were part of a record number of entries battling muddy conditions to take part in an annual fundraising run.

Nearly 9,000 braved the waterlogged course at Gosforth Park to take part in the 30th Children’s Cancer Run over five-miles, raising money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR).

And former TV weather girl Wincey Willis returned to the run – sponsored by Greggs – after she started the first in 1983.

There were a mix of seasonal runners and fun runners, many of whom were in fancy dress, to help raise money for the cause.

Runners completed a slightly altered course to avoid the more waterlogged parts of the traditional route, receiving a Greggs picnic and special edition 30th anniversary medal at the end.

David Wood, chairman of the NECCR, said: “I want to say a special thank you to all of the runners who turn up whatever the weather to make the day as special as it is each year.”

The run first took place in 1983 when 100 students from Tynemouth’s King’s School raised money for treatment for fellow pupil Chris Peacock.

Chris was just four-years-old when diagnosed with cancer of the kidneys, being given just a 30 per cent chance of survival.

Now 36, Chris is chairman of the race committee and father of two girls. He said: “I’m so proud of what the run represents and what it’s become

“We planned to make our 30th anniversary event extra special and thanks to the runners and their enthusiasm we’ve pulled it off.

“We have such amazing support from all of our volunteers, from the people who set the course to those who hand out medals or man the car parks.

“It’s rare to find a charity event that engages every generation, but each year we have everyone from toddlers to grandparents taking part.”

For more information on the charity visit www.neccr.co.uk