Gemma is on her marks for the run

A nursery nurse is gearing up to take on the country’s largest half marathon in aid of charity.

Gemma Bain, from North Shields, will be lining up with thousands of others on Sunday to take part in the BUPA Great North Run.

It is the third time the 29-year-old has taken part in the run and this year she is raising money for the NSPCC.

Gemma, who works at Riverside Nursery in North Shields, said: “You can’t beat the atmosphere, knowing that you are part of the biggest and best half marathon in the country. I enjoy everything about the event.

“I chose to run for the NSPCC because of the excellent work it does safeguarding children and young people.

“Working with two-year-olds and their families on a daily basis, this is something I feel really passionate about.”

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NSPCC fundraising executive, Claire Arnott, said: “The Great North Run is an fantastic event. Those taking part will be joining over 56,000 competitors from across the UK and the atmosphere from the cheering crowds is set to be electric.”

Money raised from the event will go towards the NSPCC ChildLine Schools Service which aims to visit every primary school in every community across the UK, to talk to children about abuse and where to get help if they need it.