Family affair at Great North Run

Family Run: Richard Sellors, Janet Sellors, Kevin Sellors, Rachel Sargent and five-year-old Sam Sargent will all be taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for various charities.
Family Run: Richard Sellors, Janet Sellors, Kevin Sellors, Rachel Sargent and five-year-old Sam Sargent will all be taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for various charities.
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Next month’s Great North Run will be a real family affair for one sports-mad Matlock household.

Five members of the same family will be competing in the world famous half-marathon event - all in the name of charity.

Rachel Sargeant, her brother Richard Sellors, 33, and their parents Janet Sellors, 59, and Kevin Sellors, 61, are all running the 13 miles from Newcastle to South Shields on Sunday, September 18.

And Rachel’s five-year-old son won’t be left out, as he takes part in the Great North Mini-Run the day before – his first ever running race.

Rachel said: “I’ve run it twice before, Mum and Dad have both done it once, and Richard has done it twice. This is the first time that we’ll have all done the race together though. We just want to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities.

“We have all been training hard and are really looking forward to the races. Sam is particularly excited to be running in his first ever race and is really looking forward to having his medal around his neck.

“Personally, I’m hoping to finish in around two-and-a-half hours. The main thing is that we all run all the way.

“Mum and I just run for fun, but my dad and brother are both triathletes so they’ll be taking it a bit more seriously.

Janet Sellors said: “I never thought I’d run it once, but thanks to my son-in-law entering me I am in it for a second time.

“I should say training is going well but it is hard work. So please keep my spirits up by sponsoring me and making it all worthwhile for my chosen charity.”

The family members have all chosen different charities to support.

Janet is raising money for Ashgate Hospice, Kevin is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society, Richard is raising money for the British Heart Foundation and Sam and Rachel are raising money for Children with Cancer UK.

To support the family, visit www.justgiving.com/Jan-Sellors, www.justgiving.com/Kev-Sellors, or www.justgiving.com/RachelandSam-Sargeant

The Great North Run was devised by British 10,000m Olympic bronze medallist Brendan Foster and was first held in 1981. It has gone on to become the biggest running event in the UK.