Great North Run – fundraising news


Recognise any faces beneath the masks?


Seven current and one former member of Elswick Harriers completed the Great North Run on Sunday disguised as superhero mum Elastigirl.  Inspired by their good friend Alison Guadagno, the Elastigirls were raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity and The Great North Children’s Hospital.

Mum of three and paediatrician Alison was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2017.  Undeterrred by her condition, she continued to run and in fact has trained harder than she has ever done.  She’s been joined by a crew of fellow runners and mums for daily training runs around Ponteland followed by coffee and croissants.  In total, 15 mums completed the race on Sunday in their eye-catching Elastigirl suits and not surprisingly were captured in photos which featured in the Journal and the Chronicle, and Alison was interviewed along the course and at the finish by the BBC, ITV and Metro Radio to name a few.

Joining her on race day were Elswick Harriers’ Kerrie Old, Lindsey Grant, Joanne Brown, Jo Turner, Sara Blight,  Elspeth Aspinall, Andrea Banner and Emma Turnbull.  Also running were Mel Brennan, Ali Britt (Joanne Brown’s sister), Beverley, Rebecca Brown, Nichola and Alison’s sister Caroline.  Mary Lisle was also a regular member of the training crew and turned out at mile 2 to give the Elastigirls a cheer.

So far, the charity appeals have raised over £8,000 which will hopefully assist in the research into curing patients suffering from a brain tumour and the fantastic work carried out at the RVI children’s unit where Alison works.

For information about the charities and Alison’s appeals, see the links below.