Bupa Great North Run 2014

Lisa Davies and Laura Adams Post RaceCongratulations and a huge ‘thank you’ to the 51 runners, including CRY Patron Matt Wells, who took part in the BUPA Great North Run in aid of CRY on Sunday 7th September 2014. This year’s race saw over 56,000 runners take part in a very historic year for the event, seeing its one millionth finisher!

Once again the atmosphere was buzzing and the sun even shone on the day!

For the fifth year running, CRY had a stand in the Bronze Marquee which acted as a meeting point for our runners and their friends and family. The stand was well stocked with CRY literature and information for runners and spectators who were not familiar with the charity and wanted to find out more.

CRY Patron Matt Wells said: “It was a great day and no rowing. I finished in 1:23:48.6 258th. I was very pleased as I have never run a half marathon before. I met quite a few CRY people on route and at the start however I didn’t go to the CRY marquee at the end. I think I underestimated how busy it would be”

Roughly 30 of the CRY runners came back to the marquee and were welcomed and congratulated by our fantastic volunteers – Jane, Ed, Les, Iris, Jordan and Dylan – who continue to do a wonderful job of representing CRY at the Great North Run. The runners were provided with water, tea, coffee, fruit, chocolate biscuits and ever popular sausage rolls that were all obtained by the CRY volunteers! They also managed to secure some towels, for a second year, from a local hotel for runners to dry off!

A special thank you to the runners from Effective Energy and Unum who have very kindly chosen CRY as their Charity of the Year and to Alison Edwards, Joanna Joyce and Gary Thompson who ran in a CRY heart costume, despite the high temperatures on the day. It was great to spot Gary in the CRY heart costume as he approached the finishing line on the BBC coverage of the event!

We also want to thank everyone who went to meet our volunteers at the CRY stand, despite feeling exhausted. As always, it was a challenging day for everyone and especially difficult for those who were running in memory of a partner, family member or friend.

We are grateful to those who sent in photographs from the day. If you haven’t already done so, please do send any photos you have to cara@c-r-y.org.uk. We will include as many as possible on the CRY website.

Once again, we would like to thank each and every runner for their huge efforts in completing the half marathon and fundraising for CRY. They should all be extremely proud of their wonderful achievement. Their time and valued support are truly appreciated. We look forward to seeing some of you again, next year. The date of next year’s event is Sunday 13th September 2015.

CRY runners in the 2014 Great North Run were: Paul Simon Abrahams (running in memory of Josh Fell); Laura Adams (running in memory of Stephen Adams); Trevor and Rachel Atkinson (running in memory of David Mark Chance); Bethany Bradbury (running in memory of Amy Evans); Alison Bramley (running in memory of Gareth Scott); Karen Bunning (running in memory of Ellen Davies and Richard Poulter); Robert Carr (running in memory of Lee Turner); Peter Chamley (running in memory of Alex Reid); Nicole Collingwood (running in memory of Neil Darby); Maisie Eakin (running in memory of Chloe Waddell); Alison Edwards (running in memory of Andrew Murch); Alistair Fimister (running in memory of Alex Reid); Karen Flintoft (running in memory of Lewis James Barry); Kelly Jane Gleadow (running in memory of Graeme Bell); Katherine Sophie Godwin (running in memory of Sophia Forrester); Anthony and Nicola Harsley (running in memory of Ashley Leon Manners); Janice Heggie; Simon Heseltine (running in memory of Levon Morland); Barry Holcombe (running in memory of Andrew Holcombe); David Shaun Fredrick Jackson (running in memory of Louise Bignall); Mike Jarrett (running in memory of Zoe Teale); Joanna Claire Joyce (running in memory of Patrick Swinson); Dave Macleod (running in memory of Luke ‘Lukey’ Macleod); Melanie May (running in memory of Alex Reid); Louise Moorhouse (running in memory of Ella Rose Kellar); Aran Morland (running in memory of Levon Morland); Caitlin and Kevin Nicholas (running in memory of James Nicholas); Wendy Noble; Lynne Rathbone (running in memory of Mike Rathbone); Chris Reilly (running in memory of Kasia Ber); Adam Robson; Marie-Clare Scott (running in memory of Sara Pilkington); David and Nicola Slater (running in memory of David Elliot); Katharine Ann Smith; Penny Spiller (running in memory of her father, Mike, and Arabella Campbell); Peter Teale (running in memory of Zoe Teale); Gary Thompson (running in memory of David James Ward); Julie Thompson (running in memory of Josh Fell); Isabel Turner (running in memory of Tom Clabburn); Clare Westlake (running in memory of Richard Poulter); Tony Allan Wheatman (running in memory of Craig Wilson) and Sarah Williams (running in memory of Jason Williams).

CRY Patron: Matt Wells

From Effective Energy: Richard John Cox; Carl Fisher and Graham Roddan
Unum: Lynsay Perides (running in memory of Nathan Perides)