Great North runners stride out for charity

Yvonne Marchbank with daughters Kirsty and Cheryl show off their Great North Run medals alongside Alex Cunningham from Teviot Wheels

Yvonne Marchbank with daughters Kirsty and Cheryl show off their Great North Run medals alongside Alex Cunningham from Teviot Wheels

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KIND-hearted Teries went that extra mile for charity at the weekend as they joined a crowd of 54,000 taking part in the Great North Run.

Among them was 53-year-old Yvonne Marchbank, who completed the testing 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields in a time of two hours and 52 minutes.

Yvonne was joined by her daughters Kirsty and Cheryl.

She said: “This was the first time I’d done any running and the training was hard. I trained with Billy Clamp and he did me proud.

“The race was really good and the atmosphere was brilliant. I still can’t believe I’ve done it.”

Cheryl was pushed around the course in her wheelchair by sister Kirsty, who was taking part in her fourth Great North Run, in aid of the Riding for the Disabled charity.

The group were taken to Newcastle free of charge by the Teviot Wheels charity. And Yvonne is hoping her exertions raise over £500.

She added: “Cheryl gets such a lot out of the RDA. It gives her great freedom when she’s up on the horse and it’s great for her balance and coordination.

“But it benefits so many other children as well.”

Other local runners who put their best feet forward on Sunday included Lawrence, Wendy and Laura Marshall; Ronnie and Kerry Frost; Rob Dalgleish, Ann Renwick, Debbie Sutherland and Glenda McNeil as well as Sam Ballantyne.

The group raised around £5,000 between them for a variety of good causes including Macmillan Nurses, Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Scope and Mind.

Fifty-one-year-old Lawrence, who finished in a time of one hour and 55 minutes, said: “My daughter ran it last year. I’ve never run in my life but we went to see her and we decided to give it a shot. Nothing was said for a couple of weeks and one night we were sitting having a pint and agreed to give it a go.

“It was absolutely fan- tastic. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed their day. A big thanks to everybody who sponsored us all.”