A mother and daughter will be hitting the road this weekend to help raise funds for Trust created to celebrate the lives of two South Tyneside teenagers.
Darcy Lines, eight, will take her place on Saturday on the starting line of the Mini Great North Run, with mum Claire cheering her on.
The following day, the roles will be reversed as Claire takes part in the world’s biggest half marathon.
Both are running to raise funds for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust.
The Trust was set up to celebrate the lives of Chloe Rutherford, 17, who had a passion for performance and boyfriend Liam Curry, 19, who was a talented cricketer. Both were killed in the Manchester arena bomb attack in May.
It aims to support those who have a passion in performance or sport, to nurture their talents through the help of bursaries.
Mrs Lines said: “I was lucky enough to gain a place by going through the ballot, so I wasn’t running for anyone.
“Caroline is a friend of the family and we knew about the Trust they were setting up and she asked me whether I would consider running for the Trust.
“I think it is such a fantastic idea. My daughter runs for an athletic club and we know how expensive being part of a sport or dancing can be.
“Darcy is taking part in the junior run and when we mentioned to her about raising money for the Trust she said yes straight away.”
On Saturday Darcy will be taking on the 1.5K course from Newcastle, across to Gateshead then back to Newcastle.
Her mum, Claire, will run from Newcastle to South Shields in the 13.1 mile event on Sunday.
Claire added: “We have both been out training. Last year I managed to do the run in two hours, 26 minutes – so this year I am hoping for two hours.
“We both feel so honoured to have been asked to run for such a worthy cause.”
To sponsor Claire and Darcy, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/claire-lines