Run for the Red Cross

The results of the ballot for Great North Run places has just been announced and many Derbyshire hopefuls are sure to have missed out on a place.

But the British Red Cross has come to the rescue once again with the chance to join their Derbyshire team for the Great North Run.

The Great North Run is the biggest and most iconic half marathon in the world, is covered extensively by the BBC, and takes place in September.

The 13.1 mile route starts in the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and finishes on the coast by South Shields.

As a member of the Red Cross team, you will be in excellent hands, including training and race advice from start to finish, a comprehensive sponsorship pack and expert fundraising support, and your very own Red Cross running vest or T-shirt. All members of the Red Cross running team will be able to enjoy a post-race reception and massage.

Sam Metcalfe ran for the Red Cross in 2011 and said: “After the disappointment of missing out on getting a place for the Great North Run through the ballot I was delighted when I saw a Red Cross article in my local paper offering places.

“The run, atmosphere, race-day experience and help I received from Red Cross was absolutely fantastic. The feeling you get when you get when you cross the finish line and knowing you have helped raise money for such a worthwhile cause is amazing!

“It’s an experience I will never forget and I would highly recommend joining the fantastic Red Cross team.”

The Red Cross has a limited number of guaranteed charity places available and is now taking applications. Red Cross runners will be asked to raise sponsorship for the charity in return for one of these places.

Community Fundraiser, Alex Gadsby, of Belper, says: “Everyone running for the Red Cross will know that with every pound they raise, and every step they take, they are helping people in crisis in Derbyshire, across the UK and overseas.

“It could be a house fire that leaves a family on the front lawn with nothing, or the severe winter weather in Derbyshire last year. Or it could be a devastating earthquake, tsunami, war or famine. Whatever and wherever the crisis, the Red Cross will be there to help people who are just like you and me, but have been unfortunate to be in the way of disaster.”

Entry fee is just £46 with a £300 sponsorship target.

To secure a place visit www.redcross.org.uk/GNR or contact Alex Gadsby on 0115 852 816 or agadsby@redcross.org.uk or text ‘GNR’ and your email or postal address to 078 4321 8078.