Runners in the Great North Run

Sign up for North-East run with Foundation of Light

by Foundation of Light

Foundation urging support ahead of one of the region's biggest events.

North-east runners can take part in one of the region’s greatest sporting events and raise money for a leading North East charity at the same time.

The Foundation of Light, the official charity of Sunderland AFC, which helps children, young people and families in Sunderland, Durham and South Tyneside, has a limited number of places available for this year’s Bupa Great North Run taking place on September 15.

The charity is hoping runners, who have yet to enter the 13.1 mile race, will sign up so they can raise much-needed funds for the Foundation while taking part.

The run, from Newcastle to South Shields, is the world's biggest half marathon and is expected to attract around 56,000 professional and amateur runners this year, from around the world.

To qualify for a Foundation of Light place, applicants must raise at least £250 in sponsorship and in return they will be given a Foundation of Light running vest and a fundraising pack, plus a signed SAFC shirt if they reach £500 in sponsorship.

Ken Teears, Development Director at the Foundation of Light, urged anyone thinking of competing to sign up.

“The work we do has a very real impact on the lives of youngsters and families in our region and the support we receive from local people is amazing and greatly appreciated,” he said.

“We would love to hear from anyone who would like to run on behalf of the Foundation.”

Runners interested in securing one of the Foundation of Light’s places are asked to email or call 0191 551 5153. A £50 online registration fee will apply.