Tragic Lisa's memory inspired her partner to do Great North Run

Gavin Calvert, left, with his friend Anthony Murphy at the finish line of the Great North Run.
Gavin Calvert, left, with his friend Anthony Murphy at the finish line of the Great North Run.

The memory of a much-loved teacher inspired her partner as he made his way around the 13.1-mile course of the Great North Run.

Gavin Calvert was one of the thousands of runners who took part in the 37th event today.

Lisa Kelly died in March after collapsing at the school, where she worked.

Lisa Kelly died in March after collapsing at the school, where she worked.

The 35-year-old was joined by friend Anthony Murphy as he ran the route from Newcastle to South Shields.

While he wasn't taking part in the run for charity, he kept the memory of his late partner Lisa Kelly, the mum of their two girls Jasmine and Scarlett, firmly in his heart.

Lisa, 35, died after collapsing in the car park of Bamburgh School in South Shields, where she worked as an education practitioner, in March.

Gavin said: "Anthony was doing the run and asked if it was something I wanted to do, so I agreed.

"Neither of us were running to raise money for anyone, but I was running for Lisa.

"I've done lots of bike rides, but this was something different from what I'm used to.

"The first couple of miles, I didn't think I was going to get through it, but then after a while I realised I was doing better than I thought I was.

"I really enjoyed myself. I just wanted to go for it."