Youngsters to tackle run in aid of knife-crime charity

Youngsters will be taking on the junior Great North Run in aid of the Glen Corner Trust.
Youngsters will be taking on the junior Great North Run in aid of the Glen Corner Trust.
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A group of youngsters are in training as they prepare to take on the junior Great North Run to raise awareness of the dangers of knives.

The 25-strong team have come together after an appeal for runners by the Glen Corner Trust.

The Great North Run has a great atmosphere and I’m sure the junior run will be no different - they will have a great day.

Mark Wood

The trust supports families who have had their lives turned upside down through knife crime, as well as raising awareness of the dangers of carrying a bladed weapon.

It was set up in memory of Glen, who was stabbed to death in South Shields on his 16th birthday in 2006.

The junior Great North Run team – aged between nine and 16 – is being led by trustee Mark Wood, who himself takes part in the adult Great North Run each year to raise funds for the trust.

Mr Wood, from Whiteleas, said: “As well as supporting families who have had their lives torn apart by knife crime, we also look to raise awareness of the dangers of knives to young people.

“After speaking to the rest of the trust we decided it would be a good idea to try and get more young people involved, and with the Great North Run coming up we managed to secure 25 places for the junior run.

“They are all looking forward to taking part in the run and have already started their training.”

Each young person taking part has been given a T-shirt to wear with their names printed on.

Mr Wood said: “The Great North Run has a great atmosphere and I’m sure the junior run will be no different – they will have a great day.”

The Junior Great North run is on Saturday, September 12, and covers a four-kilometre route along the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside.