GNR will be a home run for Craig

A SOUTH Shields-born actor is returning to the streets of his home town to compete in this year's Great North Run.

Craig Conway, married to Geordie actress Jill Halfpenny, is taking part in the Newcastle to South Shields half marathon in support of the development charity Christian Aid.

Craig's TV credits include Wire In The Blood, and he has appeared in the stage version of Our Friends In Ihe North, and also had a leading role in recent sci-fi film Doomsday.

But he's happy to be swapping film studios for the streets of Tyneside for the run on Sunday, October 5.

He said: "As a Geordie born and bred, it's brilliant to be tackling the Great North Run, even though I suspect it may nearly kill me!

"I'm especially looking forward to the Marsden stretch of the run, as it was where my childhood home was.

"I will actually be going right past the place where I used to watch other runners as a kid."

Craig, who will be accompanied along the course by fellow Geordie actor Oliver Milburn, added: "I know about the great work Christian Aid does, as my wife Jill saw some of their work in India fighting discrimination against women.

"As I've just become a dad, I'm hoping my energy levels hold up long enough to finish the race."

Christian Aid works with the world's poorest people in nearly 50 countries, regardless of race or faith.

The money raised for Christian Aid will be going to help the lives and livelihoods of those most desperately in need.

The minimum sponsorship target of 300 is enough to buy a two-bedroom house for a family in Asia left homeless by river erosion.

Christian Aid still has 30 places left in this year's Great North Run, but anyone interested needs to sign up by Thursday, July 10.

Register online at, call 020 7523 2248

or e-mail