A team of runners will be aiming to boost the funds of a Trust supporting families devastated by knife crime when they take part in the Junior Great North Run tomorrow.
The group of teenagers are all taking part in the event in aid of the Glen Corner Trust.
Knowing the reason why we are taking part keeps me going.Mark Wood
They will join thousands of others on the starting line on Newcastle’s Quayside for the 4km course which will take them across the bridge to Gateshead and back again.
The group are being co-ordinated in their efforts by Mark Wood - a member of the Glen Corner Trust.
Mr Wood will also be donning his running gear to take part in the main 13.1 mile event from Newcastle to South Shields on Sunday.
It will be the 13th run Mr Wood has taken part - and for the past 11 years he has raised funds for the Trust, launched following the death of South Shields teenager Glen Corner.
Glen was stabbed to death on his 16th birthday - the same day he collected his GCSE results.
Since then, his family have raised awareness of the dangers of knife crime through visiting schools and provided to support to other families whose lives have been devastated by knife crime.
They were behind the Gazette campaign Knives Ruin Lives which campaigned for tougher jail sentences for those caught carrying a knife.
Mr Wood said: “It’s great so many young people have come forward to run for the Trust and to raise awareness of what we do.
“Each year, it is an emotional event but knowing the reason why we are taking part keeps me going.
“The night Glen was killed will stay with us all forever. But if we can help stop one other family from going through what we have gone through, by raising awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife, then Glen’s death hasn’t been in vain.
“Any donations are much appreciated and I’d just like to thank everyone who has supported myself and the Trust over the years, and to the young people who are taking part in this year’s Junior event.”
To sponsor Mark and the group of teenagers visit www.gofundme.com/4aflwps