South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck 'sad and disappointed' after loss of Great North Run finish line

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has said she is ‘sad and disappointed’ after Great North Run organisers revealed the iconic half marathon will not finish on our coast in 2021.

By Ross Robertson
Thursday, 8th July 2021, 1:12 pm
Emma Lewell-Buck has spoken of her disappointment after the Great North Run decision
Emma Lewell-Buck has spoken of her disappointment after the Great North Run decision

The news is a blow for runners and spectators, as well as businesses which get a boost in custom over Great North Run weekend.

Speaking after the news was revealed, Ms Lewell-Buck said: “I understand the reasons why but I am very sad and disappointed.

Emma Lewell-Buck after a more successful Great North Run attempt

"At a time when our town is desperate for support, hearing the GNR won't end in South Shields is a huge blow. I have been assured the run will return to Shields next year.”

Ms Lewell-Buck has first-hand experience of the Great North Run herself, having taken on the challenge in previous years – including an unfortunate attempt in 2015 when the MP fell and broke her ankle on the route.

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