The Bupa Great North Run is one of the most talked about events of the year and almost everyone who takes part has their own story to tell.
Take a read of some of the stories we have received so far.
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On 20th December 2011, at less than 4 months old, Pippa Goymer was diagnosed with cancer. Pip has now finished all of her chemo treatment and is awaiting a final trip to theatre to ensure the tumour is gone. But while it is looking good for Pip now, she has made lots of friends who aren't as lucky and their families need all the support that they can get during such a difficult time. But what does this have to do with me? Pippa's mam, Cassie, and I met at infant school aged 4. By luck or chance we stayed in the same class until we left sixth form at 18 and have remained great friends. Cassie gave birth to Pippa on my birthday in 2011, and with my daughter only a few months old we enjoyed our time on maternity leave with our two girls. The news that little Pip had cancer was something that all our of friends found hard to take. Pippa started treatment on New Year's Eve and the whirlwind of medication and hospital stays has been something that Cassie, Phil and Pippa have become accustomed too. I've known about CLIC Sargent for a long time but until they actually began to help one of my best friends cope through such an awful time I had no idea what they actually do for families going through this. Other than make cups of tea, give hugs and shed the odd tear there isn't a great deal I can do. But, if by running a few miles I can help Cassie and Phil say ‘thank you’ to CLIC Sargent for the help that they have been given then I’ll do it. If you would like to sponsor me please click here.
I'm Running for The Children's Foundation at The Great North Run. It's a fantastic charity which really helps and makes a difference to young people in the North East. I did the run last year for Teenage Cancer Trust and found the whole day so inspirational and fulfilling, so I jumped at the chance of doing it again this year for TCF, I've helped out with a fun day they put on and the staff are soo enthusiastic it makes things like this worthwhile! So far i have raised £350 through friends, family and work colleagues, everyone has been so generous as it's such a good cause and a fab event! So I'm all geared up and ready to go again on Sunday!
Three years ago I was in such a deep, dark place. An obese, alcoholic single parent who was quite literally slowly killing myself, in a horrifically emotional and painful way, through alcohol.
One night I was waiting for some money to hit my bank account so that I could buy some booze to get drunk when a lightbulb came on in my head. I was going to lose everything, my children, my home, my life. I swore at that point that I would change. On 27th July 2009 I became sober. I haven't drank alcohol since. It has been a rollercoaster ride at times, however I am happy in my sobriety and life is calmer and more enjoyable now.
Last year I decided it was time to address my obesity. I was struggling to walk for more than a mile at a go, was eating junk food and making too many excuses. I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic and with pre-existing mental health problems that spiralled me into a depressed mood, but I am never one to be held down. So I dug deep into the reserve and resolve that had helped me beat the alcohol demons and started walking. Every day I would walk two miles along the sea front at Whitley Bay, and I changed my diet to a healthy one, cutting out take-aways and eating fresh foods.
I started going swimming, and then decided that I wanted a health goal to aim for. I entered the Great North Run as soon as I could last year. I downloaded a couch to 5k running app for my phone to teach me how to run. It wasn't easy, I am not a natural runner, but I am stubborn and within 10 weeks I could run 5k (albeit slowly). I completed my first 5k run last October. Since then I have competed in another 5k, two 5 mile runs and six 10k's. I have lost 58lbs in weight which is over 4 stone. I was retested for diabetes and told that I had no signs at all of being diabetic, I had literally reversed the illness through diet and exercise.
My friends and family have supported me all the way and have put their hands in their pocket to prove it. I decided to run for the NSPCC. As a parent I adore my daughters, and I know that there are children who grow up in horrific circumstances. While I was drinking my two oldest girls did take on a lot of responsibility. I was not the best parent I could be at that time. I can never make amends for that time and it hurts me to know that. But they are proud of me, and have told me so, and I am proud of them. They are amazing beautiful, high achieving girls. The NSPCC wanted me to raise £400, I set my target at £500. My friends have donated over £700. It means so much to me to know that they believe in me. My justgiving page is testament to how much people care for me www.justgiving.com/dianepringle
My journey has come such a long way in 3 years, I still have moments where it is hard, where the road gets steep and everything seems dark, however I have learned so much about myself. I have a belief in my ability to achieve, I know that the bad times will pass. But I also know that I have the love and support of my friends and family who believe in me.
So despite me running to raise money for the NSPCC this year, I am really running for me and for my future.
I am 6 years old and I am running in the Junior Great North Run for Cancer Research on Saturday. I did the run last year and have done other kids runs.
Everyone knows someone who has had a friend or family member with cancer so it a very good cause. My ‘Granny Annie’ has cancer and the treatment she has had has made her feel much better so she can still come to visit me. She is very proud of me for trying to raise money for Cancer Research. You can sponsor me if you’d like to by clicking here.
I’m not old enough to enter the competition but if you print this it might help me raise more money.
I'm running the Great North Run for Macmillan Cancer this year and would love some help from the great folk who follow your site and donations would be greatly received. I lost my cousin James to cancer a few years ago and he was only 31, so raising money for cancer charities has always been close to my heart since James' tragic death. This will be my 6th Great North Run and the training has gone really well this year and I'm really looking forward to it again. Please click here to donate to my cause.
My nephew Luke was diagnosed with a brain tumour at just seven months old. That brain tumour has taken away his eyesight. I'm running this year to raise money for a Sensory Fund so he can live and grow with his disability. Please click here to read more about Luke and to donate.
If you would like to help please click here.
It's my first Bupa Great North Run and my husband Paul's 3rd, it will also be Paul's 45th birthday. We are running for Meningitis UK in memory of Harry Stokes who sadly passed away recently aged 1, thank you. Please click here to support me.
I am running for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. My mum died with this terrible illness and each year I try to donate something to them.
This year I decided to do the Great North Run myself to raise awareness and to try to get others to give to this great cause.
I did the very first Great North Run in 1981 and enjoyed it so much I'm doing it again! I won’t be as quick as 31 years ago, but I will be just as committed and determined to cross the line. When I first started training I was 16 stones and couldn't even run a mile without difficulty and joint pain. Since then I have lost two stone and can comfortably run a half marathon without pain in my old knees! Please click here to support me.
I'm running the Bupa Great North Run for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity. My dad was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in 2011 and I was surprised to learn that it is actually the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, yet nobody seems to talk about it! Beating Bowel Cancer not only offer support and information to Bowel Cancer patients and their families, but they also work really hard to raise awareness of symptoms and stop people being embarrassed to discuss them with their doctor and families so that the disease can be diagnosed early - increasing a persons' chances of survival dramatically!
Click here to support Emz.
I am running for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) this year. Each week at least twelve young people in the UK die suddenly as a result of undiagnosed heart conditions. At Cardiac Risk In the Young we aim to save young lives & to help those affected by sudden cardiac death. We do this by providing support, information & screening to those affected. My sister in law was diagnosed as a child, so I am running to support her but also in memory of her brother Stephen Ryder, who despite everything still lost his fight as only a teenager. Please click here to support my cause.
My Grandma Valerie sadly passed away from cervical cancer before I was born, when my mam was only 15/16. But also, my Grandpa Lee who also died from cancer when I was just a baby. That is why I've ran for Cancer Research UK for the past 2 years. In honour of those who have lost their lives to cancer and to those I never got to meet.
You can sponsor me and my cause by clicking here.
I’m running my FIRST Great North Run for Help a Capital Child. The charity provide support for disadvantaged children across the North East so it’s a very worthwhile cause.
I’ve never been a particularly active person so when the guys at work suggested the GNR I jumped at the chance, I’ve trained hard and it’s been very tough!!
Unfortunately the guys at work have dropped out so it’s all down to me…. Got a point to prove as my wife expects me to drop!! – I’ve never been more determined to complete this run so please consider supporting me financially. Click here to support me.
I'm running the Great North Run for Cystic Fibrosis - a cause very close to my Uncle's heart so I want to do him and the charity proud by completing the run in under 2 hours!
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We are running the Great North run for Parkinsons Research in memory of our father David who passed away in July at 74 after battling Parkinsons for 13 years.
It will be a 7 hour return car journey to Newcastle in addition to the run and her 2 year old son has been in hospital for the last 2 weeks so she is having to stay there 25 miles away all the time as well as trying to fit in training and run the family business! Click here to donate to Viki's cause.
I'm running the Great North Run in aid of the great charity @stoswaldsuk. The charity does excellent work locally and recently a friend of mines young family have benefited from the services offered, so for me it was always going to be St Oswalds. Please sponsor me by clicking here.
I'm running the Bupa Great North Run as part of my 2012 miles in 2012 challenge raising money for the Tony Blair Sport Foundation. Click here to support my cause. Or Text GRAH80 to 70070 and any amount from £1.
I'm running the Bupa Great North Run for St Oswald's Hospice in Newcastle as they do such great work for families in the area. Click here to support my cause.
I'm doing the Great north Run on Sunday to raise money for Action Medical Research, in memory of my son Oliver, who passed away aged 1 day, as a result of having to be born prematurely, 14 years ago. Also in memory of a friend's baby, Simon, who died in the womb at a very late stage in pregnancy.
I am not a natural runner, but have been training as much as I can, the grit and determination to carry on coming from knowing that raising money may save some poor soul and their family from going through what we did.
Please click here to support my cause.
It has been a very uplifting thing to do, despite the sore knees and blisters!
I'm running the Bupa Great North Run for an amazing charity that transforms lives of people with disabilities, Percy Hedley. Clickhere to support Tamsin's cause.
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