Alan Shearer’s First Team Selection Cross Finishing Line
The first team to run for the Alan Shearer Foundation in the Great North Run has netted over £2,000 in sponsorship for the charity.
The 2013 run was the debut outing for a team taking part in the iconic half marathon event for the Foundation, which was launched in May last year by the former footballer.
Nicola Milne, the Foundation’s operations manager said: “As a new charity we weren’t quick enough off the mark this year to register for charity places, so we’ve been lucky to have a group of volunteers run for us this time round. We had participants coming from Stratford and Liverpool, as well as a couple who ran in the junior run.”
The weekend of fun running and fundraising for the Alan Shearer Foundation kicked off when two ten-year-old girls took part in the juniors’ race on Saturday 12 September. Hannah Milne and Eleanor Rowe of St Cuthbert’s Primary School, Kenton, joined the 4km run along the Quayside in Newcastle, holding hands as they crossed the finish line in just over 24 minutes.
The following day seven runners competed in this year’s Great North Run, enduring some challenging weather conditions along the way. Michael Atkinson, Sarah Croft, Louise Gillespie, Shaun Milne, Julie Phillips, Sally Proud and Adele Southern all completed the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle to South Shields for the Foundation.
“Donations and sponsorship for the runners are still coming in but it’s likely to be over £2,000,” said Nicola. “We are really grateful to all our runners and to their supporters. It’s a great start to our fundraising through this fantastic North East event, which we can build on for next year’s race.”
If you are inspired by this year’s athletes and would like to run for the Foundation in the world’s greatest half marathon on 7 September next year, contact Nicola on 0191 228 0111 or email [email protected] to register your interest.
The Foundation was launched by North East, social care charity, St Cuthberts Care, with the aim of raising £250,000 a year to fund the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle – their highly specialist respite, residential and social provision for children and adults with complex disabilities and sensory impairments.
For more information and how you can help this great north east charity, visit www.alanshearercentre.org.uk.
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