Taking on the Great North Run for Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry

Chloe Rutherford at one of the GNR events as she supports the youngsters taking part
Chloe Rutherford at one of the GNR events as she supports the youngsters taking part

The devoted cousins of a much-loved teenager say she will be in their thoughts as they take on the Junior Great North Run.

Beth Rowe, 11, and Eve Rowe, nine, are taking part in the 5k course on September 9 in Newcastle.

Chloe Rutherford helps with the youngsters at the mini Great North Run

Chloe Rutherford helps with the youngsters at the mini Great North Run

It will be the first time the girls will be taking part without cousin Chloe Rutherford, who has been described as their best friend, at their side.

The 17-year-old was a huge supporter of the youngsters who - for the past five years - have taken their place on the starting line.

Chloe, along with her boyfriend Liam Curry, 19, were killed in the Manchester Arena bomb attack in May.

Chloe’s auntie, Louise Rowe said: “This is going to be our sixth year taking part in the junior Great North Run and Chloe has been every single year with the kids.

Liam Curry

Liam Curry

“She did the warm up with them and chaperoned Eve and Beth around the course.

“Afterwards we would all go for dinner. Even last year when she was working and all loved up she still came to see us and had dinner with us.

“She was such a huge part of the girls’ lives. She was their first best friend, she cheered them on and always made them smile and laugh year after year.

“We never dreamt we would be running for her and not with her. It’s going to be a tough and an emotional day for us all.”

Chloe and Liam

Chloe and Liam

The girls will be joined by Chloe’s cousin and the girls brother Ethan, three who will be taking part in his first ever mini Great North Run, as well as friends Grace and Ellen Knowles, Isabel and Sofia Pardoe, Katie Weedon and Sophie Wilson.

Liam, at the age of 17, did the Great North Run to raise cash for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The group will be raising funds for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust created by their families in celebration of their lives.

The trust aims to support those who have a passion in performance or sport, to nurture their talents through the help of bursaries.

The families are keen to help inspiring performers or sportspeople to fulfil their potential – Chloe had a gift for performing while Liam was a talented cricketer.

Anyone who would like to sponsor the team visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/teamtogetherforever

The team taking part in the Junior Great North Run in aid of the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust

The team taking part in the Junior Great North Run in aid of the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust