Getting involved in the Great North Run virtual events
Liz McLellan, Paediatric Registrar at the Great North Children’s Hospital decided to take part in the Virtual Great North Run challenge after this year’s main event was postponed.
After announcing the news of the postponement, The GNR Company introduced a handful of virtual challenges to get involved in, including the GNR Solo and the Official Virtual GNR.
Set to take place on Sunday 13 September the ‘Official’ Virtual Great North Run’ is free of charge and open to everyone, regardless of whether you had a place in this year’s Great North Run or not.
Organisers are hoping to make the run as close to the real experience as possible and hope to inspire runners to lace up their trainers and complete the 13.1 miles for charity.
On hearing about the GNR virtual events, Liz signed up to complete the GNR Solo which consists of 40 runs over 78 days and also plans to take part in the virtual event on 13th September.
“I started running about 2 years ago and until recently had only ever run as far as 10km. It has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone but I’m enjoying getting out there and working on increasing the distance I run for” said Liz.
“I’m finding the Solo challenge really good so far, although it has taken some juggling around my shifts to make sure I fit all 40 runs in before the 13th September.
“The target has really motivated me to keep going and has been a great way to train for the virtual half marathon.”
This year would have been Liz’ first year running the Great North Run, having signed up to raise money for The Great North Children’s Hospital Foundation, part of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Charity.
“I chose to fundraise for the GNCH Foundation as working as a Paediatric Registrar, I have seen first-hand the difference donations make to our Hospitals and I wanted to contribute as much as I could to that” Said Liz.
The GNR Company are encouraging everyone who takes part in the Virtual Great North run to fundraise for a charity close to their heart and encourage their friends, family and wider support network to rally behind them as they embark on the virtual Great North Run experience.
If you would like to support our charity, please get in touch with our charity team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Virtual Great North Run and how you can get involved visit: https://charity.newcastle-hospitals.nhs.uk/news/entries-for-the-great-north-run-virtual-challenge-are-now-open/
Page last updated: 4 August, 2020, 4:58pm