28 August 2021

Craig Goldsworthy, from Leyland in Lancashire, is running the 2021 Great North Run half-marathon for Sporting Memories. Our Communications Manager Helen spoke with Craig to find out more.

2021 sees Craig running his fifth Great North Run. However, it is not his only running challenge year.

“I’ve been running for about 15 years, and this year I’m aiming to complete the End to End virtual run. I’ve attempted to the last couple of years, but this year it looks like I’m on track – with about 100 miles to catch up. To run the 874 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End by the end of the year, I need to be running on average 80 miles a month.”

Craig says he was quite sporty at school, but this enthusiasm fell by the wayside until he got back into running and gradually built up his distances.

“My first ever charity run was in 2009, when I ran 3 miles. I now run with Red Rose Road Runners and try to run in the morning before I go to work. My first Great North Run was in 2017, when I ran for the British Lung Foundation in memory of a friend’s dad. Three of us trained together and we have gone down to Gateshead together each year since. Though this year will be a bit different due to the pandemic. I’ve run for other charities since, including running the Chester Marathon in 2019.”

So why Sporting Memories this year?

“My wife’s grandad lived with dementia before he died, while my neighbour across the road has been living with dementia for the past two years. So I’ve seen the effects of that on the lives of people and realise the need for practical support and companionship.

“Also, my father-in-law, Keith McIntosh, volunteers for Sporting Memories. He helps to run the Chorley FC Sporting Memories Club and the Lancashire FA Sporting Memories Club in Leyland. So I want to do it for him, the other volunteers and his Clubs’ members, too.”

Please support Craig. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a real difference to the work of Sporting Memories. To make a donation, visit Craig’s Great North Run fundraising page.

Our thanks to Craig, and very best wishes for the big day from everyone at Sporting Memories – including the Chorley and Leyland Sporting Memories Clubs!