From 89 to 18: Three generations take on Great North Run together

Terence White, 89, is doing the Great North Run with his grandson, Jack, 18. His son, Jeremy, 49, will also be running.   After last year's Great North Run.
Terence White, 89, is doing the Great North Run with his grandson, Jack, 18. His son, Jeremy, 49, will also be running. After last year's Great North Run.

Three generations of a South Tyneside family will be at the starting line together for the Great North Run.

Terence White, 89, will be taking on the 13.1-mile run alongside his son Jeremy, 49, and 18-year-old grandson Jack, in the annual event which will see around 50,000 participants run from Newcastle to South Shields.

Terence White, 89, is doing the Great North Run with his grandson, Jack, 18. His son, Jeremy, 49, will also be running.

Terence White, 89, is doing the Great North Run with his grandson, Jack, 18. His son, Jeremy, 49, will also be running.

The grandad-of-15, who was known as ‘Steadfast Terry’ throughout his running career, will be the fifth oldest person taking on this year’s run from Newcastle to South Shields.

It will be his 19th time completing the course.

Jeremy, from the Harton area of South Shields, already has 22 Great North Runs under his belt and it will be Jack’s second time taking it on.

Jack, who has just left Harton Sixth Form College and is on a gap year before heading to university, said: “I did the run last year in 1hr 47mins, but this year I’m going to run with my grandad.

It’ll be really fun, and not many people can say they’ve done the Great North Run with their grandad.

Jack White

“It’ll be really fun. Not many people can say they’ve done the Great North Run with their grandad.”

He added: “My dad is doing it as well but he’ll be going off on his own trying to get the best time he can.

“We’re aiming to do it in less than four hours.

“I’ve been training quite hard for it. Both me and my dad run about 30 miles each a week, but my grandad does about 40 miles.

Terence White, 89, is doing the Great North Run with his grandson, Jack, 18. His son, Jeremy, 49, will also be running. ''Terence was known as 'Steadfast Terry' in his younger days.

Terence White, 89, is doing the Great North Run with his grandson, Jack, 18. His son, Jeremy, 49, will also be running. ''Terence was known as 'Steadfast Terry' in his younger days.

“It’s amazing that he’s still running.

“It’ll be great running round with him and catching up too.

“He lives down south now, in Herefordshire, so I don’t get to see him very much, so it’ll be great to spend some time with him. I’ll be carrying a camping chair with me too though, just in case he wants to sit down for a little bit.”

Jack added: “My grandad is a devout Catholic and would never wants to miss Sunday mass.

“To make up for it on Great North Run day, we always take him to St Mary’s Church, in Jarrow, the night before.

Jack said that well-known local runner Jarra Jim also goes there.

“He added: “it’s really funny the way the tease each other and have a bit of rivalry going on.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun.”