Great North Run 2017

Great North Run 2017

24 May 2017

A team of 10 runners are set to take on the iconic Half-Marathon in Newcastle on 10th September 2017 led by Sporting Memories Ambassador, Paul O'Neill.

Sponsor Paul here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-O-Neill19 

This will be the first time taking part in a half-marathon for Paul and he has embraced the opportunity and is looking forward to the challenge that it presents.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to do a half-marathon and my sister (Mel C from the Spice Girls) has done the run before and she said it’s fantastic and that I should grab it with both hands and use it as a focus for myself. It will be quite an eye-opener.

“I wanted to be involved because I’m a big supporter of what everyone does at Sporting Memories, I’ve never run more than 10k, so this will be something of a challenge.”

His first run was back in 2012 when he took part in the Manchester 10k and raised money for Diabetes UK.

Now, five years later, he’s putting together a training plan in the hopes that he can have a similar success to that one.

He said: “I have a training plan from my sister’s trainer so I’m going to do it properly as I can’t afford to hurt myself by going straight into it.

“I have run 13 miles before about 10 years ago when I was racing professionally, so I know I can do it, I just need to make sure I go about training the right way.

“I’m a pretty steady runner and the only aim I have is to finish it and not stop running, so I’m not sure about how quick I’ll do it!”

O’Neill also wants to use the Run as an opportunity to not only raise awareness of Sporting Memories, but to also raise awareness of dementia, which is something close to his heart.

He continued: “I spoke to Tony who co-founded Sporting Memories and he asked me if I fancied doing the Great North Run for the charity. Anything that can help Sporting Memories out is something I’m in favour of.”

Most of all, he is just looking forward to the new experience and all the feelings that will come with it.

He finished: “I’m quite nervous but at the same time, I’m really excited. It’s a different feeling when you’re running with other people and the spirits of everybody doing it for the right reasons helps you run through it.

“I like being a part of a team so everyone is there to help you out if you’re struggling and you do the same for the other people as well. I’m doing it with a friend of mine as well, so we’re going to push each other along hopefully.”

To sponsor Paul visit his JustGiving Page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-O-Neill19

The Great North Run will be held on September 10. The team have set themselves the target of raising a total of £1000.

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