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Great North Run

The Great North Run is one of the North East’s biggest, brightest and best events. As one of the world’s largest races, the Great North Run is a prominent date in the sporting calendar for professional runners and keen runners alike.

Dayna Willis, a Durham University Business School Alumna, and Project Manager at The Great Run Company said “The Great North Run is such a prestigious and prominent part of the region. It brings people from all over the world together to achieve something great and it celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is so amazing to be a small part of something that is so important to the region and something I have seen being staged since I was a little girl.

It is our flagship event, and we are very proud of it. It takes an awful lot of work to stage something so large that impacts so many things across a large area of the North East, and to ensure that it is done safely and with pride. Not only does it involve every single member of The Great Run Company staff but hundreds of brilliant volunteers and suppliers that go the extra mile to ensure that the event is the huge success it continues to be. 2020 sees the GRC stage the 40th GNR which will be a huge celebration, not only for us as organisers but for all the runners and spectators that have always been at the heart of our event!”

Many of our colleagues completed the Great North Run this year joining over 57,000 runners who took part in the famous 13.1-mile run.

Those who took part included:

  • Neil Armstrong – Career Consultant
  • Tracey Baker – Alumni Relations Coordinator
  • Katherine Kirby – Engagement Manager
  • Ashleigh Lawson – Departmental Coordinator
  • Alex McNinch – Faculty Placement Manager
  • Richard Slack - Head of Accounting
  • Ian Stone – Professor Emeritus
  • Christos Tsinopoulos - Head of Department of Management and Marketing

Neil Armstrong raised money for the Together Forever Trust. Neil wanted to raise awareness for such a good cause and so decided to participate in his first ever Great North Run. He enjoyed it that much that he has signed up for next year's run already where he will be once again be raising money for the Together Forever Trust.

Both Tracey Baker and Katherine Kirby raised money for Breast Cancer Care.

Alexandra McNinch and Ashleigh Lawson together raised money for Fighting All Cancers together.

Richard Slack is part of a local athletics team called Claremont Road Runners, and this was the sixth Great North Run Richard has participated in.

Ian Stone caught the 'Great North Run bug' many years ago in 1986. This year's run was his 33rd Great North Run, which, according to his mental arithmetic, adds up to 761,392.5 yards. He was 12,990th out of the 57,000 runners, in a time of two hours three minutes. Ian regularly runs on behalf of the MS Society, contributing £1,200 over the past three years.

Congratulations to all our colleagues on this fantastic achievement and for raising money for various charities!

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