Runners raise thousands in 40th Great North Run

Eighty runners representing St Teresa’s Hospice joined the thousands taking part in the 40th Great North Run on Sunday 12th September.

With sponsorship still flooding in, the final total raised in aid of the Hospice is expected to exceed £40,000.

The pandemic forced the postponement of the Great North Run in its milestone year and many supporters instead took on the GNR Solo and Virtual Great North Run events during 2020, adding to the phenomenal amount raised.

After months of uncertainty, the event finally took place, much to the relief of many of the runners, who couldn’t wait to get back out to support St Teresa’s.

Emily Robson, Community Support Fundraiser, was at the charity village: “It’s an honour to be at the finish line to meet our runners and to simply say thank you! Everyone has their own personal reason for running and it’s wonderful to hear their stories while they recover with a well-earned cuppa. We’ve had runners taking part from across the region, and as far away as Cheshire!”

This year, one runner in particular was chosen to be recognised for her incredible efforts. Honorata Devlin and her family have been raising funds since 2019 following her breast cancer diagnosis.

Shortly before the Great North Run it was announced that she had been named as part of the Great North Thank You Campaign, paying tribute to thirteen inspirational individuals who went above and beyond to support their community during the pandemic. A billboard bearing her image was positioned along the course of the Great North Run, giving the whole region a chance to say Thank You.

The Hospice is grateful to Asda Darlington and Morrisons Morton Park, Darlington, for their donations of refreshments for the runners.

A grand total will be announced at a later date.

If you would like to be placed on the expression of interest list for a place in the Great North Run 2022 please contact [email protected] or call 01325 254321.