Thousands of pounds raised for charity during Great North Run

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RUNNERS from across the area pulled on their trainers yesterday (Sunday) and joined more than 40,000 people taking part in the Great North Run.

Viki Knight and Angie Lambert, who both live in Oakham, ran the 13.1 miles in aid of Parkinson’s UK. The friends were running in memory of Viki’s father David Spencer, the founder of Rutland Panther Watch, who died in July having suffered from the condition for more than 13 years.

The pair ran over the start and finish lines holding hands and managed to complete the distance in 2h 15m.

Viki, 42, said: “We had a great day, the run was hard in places especially with the heavy rain at one point but we were both really pleased with our result

“The atmosphere and crowds were amazing, as was the display by the Red Arrows. It really made our day.”

They had hoped to raise £1,500 but now believe they will have collected nearly £2,000 once all the donations are collected.

To sponsor them visit the fundraising page

Vanessa MacKinnon and Louise Bradley, customer service assistants at Stamford Library, also completed the run together.

Vanessa, a Stamford Strider, was running in aid of the Royal British Legion while her colleague Louise, a Bourne Town Harrier, was raising funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Vanessa, who ran last year, finished in a time of 2h 1m while Louise finished in 2h 23m.

Their colleague Jane Barber said: “They both did very well and completed the run. Congratulations to them both.”

And father and daughter Megan and Mark Ellison, from Stamford, who are both Bourne Town Harriers, also took part.

Megan, 12, a pupil at Casterton Business and Enterprise College, took part in the Junior Great North Run on Saturday and met Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford.

Mark, 42, who works as a RAF aircraft technician in Cambridge, ran on Sunday in a time of 1h 33m.

Both of them were raising funds for the National Autistic Society and have raised £420.