Will our Great North Runners inspire you for 2018?

September 11th, 2017

After a wonderful effort by our supporters in raising more than £12,000 through Sunday’s Great North Run, we’re now aiming to achieve our biggest ever team when the world’s biggest half-marathon returns in 2018.

Mo Farah may have finished first in the Great North Run yet again – but we think the real heroes were the charity fundraisers including those who represented Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

First home of our 29-strong team was one of our generous Teesside Centurions James Laws who achieved a fantastic time of one hour 29 minutes 59 seconds.

A BIG mention for our top fundraisers so far, Sarah Thompson of our patrons PX Group and Gabrielle Finn, who have each raised more than £1,000!

Gabrielle and her fellow fundraising runner Lisa are pictured with former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson after being interviewed by him live on TV!

Others showed true Teesside grit by bravely battling on to the finish line despite injuries, pulls, strains and aches.

The great news is that between them they’ve raised more than £12,000 – and counting – which we’ll distribute to charities and worthy causes across Teesside.

Now our attention has turned already to next year’s run. We’re looking for our supporters to commit early to taking part in 2018 towards our aim of our biggest ever Philanthropic team for this epic event.

Commit now and you’ll have 12 months of training – and fundraising! – to ensure you’re in the best possible shape for the big run.

If you’re will to sign up for us in 2018 please email mandy.s@teessidecharity.org.uk


A massive “THANK YOU!” and congratulations to all of our 2017 runners, who were:

Harriet Spalding of our patrons Mandale

Nik Tunley of our patrons Endeavour Partnership

Craig Chapman of our patrons Barclays UK

Jeff Breen and Sarah Dinning from Cornerstone Fundraising

Helen Butterfield

Simon Cann and Phillip Pritchard from First Source

Mary Gallagher and Mark Teasdale of Rainbow Leisure Centre

Shaun Hogg

Natalie Lonsdale and Gemma Lonsdale

Shane Moore

Michelle Rooney

Gabrielle Ross

Sarah Thompson of patrons PX Group

Luca Tomasetti of Hilton Group

Tim Ward of Bid and Research Development

Jonathan Waters of Eighty8 Design

Alex Watson

James Wilkinson

Rachel Cowperthwaite

Gill Sawdon

James Laws

Clare Garbutt

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