Heading to Newcastle for the Great North Run

Photo: SM080911-020ow.jpg 'Ema Spry from Stamford who is running the Great North Run for Mind.
Photo: SM080911-020ow.jpg 'Ema Spry from Stamford who is running the Great North Run for Mind.
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RUNNERS are heading north this weekend for the Great North Run in Newcastle.

RUNNERS have headed north this weekend for today’s Great North Run in Newcastle.

Susan Shackleton, 34, of Teasel Drive, Bourne, and husband Andrew, 31, will run the 13-mile race in aid of the Sue Ryder Care Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

Susan has worked at the hospice for eight years and has been ward sister for five.

She said: “You get to know people and their relatives. The fact they feel so comfortable here sends a tingle down my spine.

“We make the time they have as happy and comfortable as it can be and that’s why I feel it is important to fundraise.”

The pair are keen runners and are members of Bourne Town Harriers.

Susan hopes to beat her best time of 2hrs 2mins, achieved at the Great Eastern Run in 2008, and finish in under two hours.

To help the pair reach their £500 target visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/teamshacks.

Educational software producer Ema Spry, 24, of Aberdeen Close, Stamford, is running in aid of mental health charity Mind.

Her original target was £350, but through bake sales, car boot sales and donations she has raised more than £1,000.

Ema said: “I decided to raise money for Mind in February of this year after a friend tragically took his own life after experiencing depression.

“He was only 20 years old and it was such a great loss.”

To sponsor Ema visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/emaspry.

Founder of Wildcats Theatre School Caz Dolby will be joined on her run by her seven year old son Ciaran.

Caz will also run the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough on October 9.

Copthill School pupil Ciaran said: “I am really excited about running in Newcastle.

“I will be there to cheer Mum on when she finishes her race too.”

The pair are fundraising for Clic Sargent Cancer Charity for Children, as well as for Wildcats.

Five men are running together for Cancer Research, the British Heart Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society.

General manager of the White Hart, Ufford, Matthew Williamson, 34, chef Nick Healey, 50, students Alex Healey, 19, and Dave Wilkinson, 20, and banker Luke Khanna, 27, will head north to take on the challenge.

The group has thanked all their supporters so far.

To sponsor them visit www.runningsponsorme.org/alexhealey.