Call for young runners to raise funds for South Tyneside charity

Mark Wood who is calling for runners to take part in the Junior Great North Run
Mark Wood who is calling for runners to take part in the Junior Great North Run

A call has gone out to young runners to hit the road and help a South Tyneside-based anti-knife crime group.

The Glen Corner Trust has 30 places available in this year’s Junior Great North Run.

The event - for those aged nine to 16 - will take place on September 9.

In exchange for a place, runners are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £30 for the charity - which supports families affected by knife crime.

Mark Wood, who takes part in the Great North Run each year for the cause, said: “The Trust has been able to secure 30 places for this year’s junior Great North Run and we would love to see all those places taken.

“The places are free and all we ask is people raise a minimum of £30 sponsorship.

“The Trust will provide the t-shirts for the event.

“In the past we have had a number places at this event which are quickly taken.

“Anyone who would like a place, just get in touch.”

The Glen Corner Trust was launched in memory of Glen, who was stabbed to death in Harton, South Shields on his 16th birthday in 2006. ` The trust supports families who have had their lives turned upside down through knife crime, as well as raising awareness of the dangers of carrying a bladed weapon.

The Junior Great North Run course takes runners on a four-kilometre route along the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside.

Anyone who would like to run for the Glen Corner Trust and would like one 
of the 30 free places on offer can contact Mark on 07988 691753 or visit the Glen Corner Trust Facebook page and leave a message.