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.

Thursday, 8th July 2021, 1:12 pm
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.

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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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