Simplyhealth Great North Run 2017


Congratulations and a huge thank you to the 62 runners who took part in the Simplyhealth Great North Run for CRY on Sunday 10th September 2017.

The streets of Newcastle quickly started to fill with runners and supporters from 8am. As always, the huge crowds covered the whole route providing a great atmosphere and well needed encouragement for all the runners.

Barry Holcombe was, once again, the first CRY runner to visit the marquee after the run, with an incredible time of 1:29:09 and gave his account of the day: “The Great North Run is always the greatest half marathon to run & this year was no different. The crowds are fantastic with support all the way along the course. The atmosphere & energy from everyone is second to none & as this was my fifth year in a row running the event it still gives me the same feelings. The run itself is not the easiest with a few ups & downs but the final mile is so special along the seafront. If anyone wants to know why this half marathon is special then put your name down for 2018 as it’s by far the greatest half marathon event I’ve completed.”

Barry Holcombe
Steve Flintoft
















For the first time this year, CRY held a Selfie Board Competition for the best selfie uploaded on social media and the winner will be awarded a CRY goody bag! We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Selfie Board competition was Steve Flintoft!

It was wonderful to meet and congratulate the 36 CRY runners who came to visit us at the charity marquee and hand them a CRY medal and refreshments.

We would like to say a huge thank you to CRY volunteers Iris Dove, her grandson Jordan and Jordan Dwyer, who kindly helped out on the day.

We look forward to welcoming new and past CRY runners next year, and hopefully seeing some of this year’s runners again! If you would like to run for CRY in the 2018 Great North Run on Sunday 9th September, please email your interest to

To view more photos of the day please visit our Flickr page.

Once again, we would like to thank each and every one of our runners for their huge efforts in completing this half marathon and fundraising for CRY. They should all be extremely proud of their wonderful achievement:

Sarab Amin (running in memory of Jannik Lam); Hannah Atkinson; Gaby Banks (running in memory of David Elliot); Arianna Barclay; Jody Barford (running in memory of Linda Barford); Robert Bass (running in memory of Kevin Paterson); Gabby Broadhurst (running in memory of David Green); Thomas Brooks (Madeline Siddall); Owen Browell (running in memory James Cook); Laura Burton (running in memory of Joe Leyland); Ash Canavan (running in memory of George Watson); Rory Canavan; Will Clydesdale (running in memory of Nathan Butler); Alan Dolby (running in memory of Kris Cook); Robert Dunn (running in memory of Emily Rose Dunn); Catriona Farrant (running in memory of Craig Lunt); Steve Flintoft (running in memory of Mike Scott); Kim Fuller; Sara Gamble (running in memory of Mike Scott); Andrew Guy (running in memory of Alexander Parker); Daniel Harrison (running in memory of James Campbell); Nicola Hill (running in memory of Richard Hill); Barry Holcombe (running in memory of Andrew Holcombe); Adam Ibbotson (running in memory of Steven McKay); Marie Irving (running in memory of Madeline Siddall); Paul Kellington (running in memory of James Moorfoot); Paul & Janice Klitzke (running in memory of Nicola Klitkze); Paul Lane; Chris Mann (running in memory of Graeme Bell); Alan Middlemast (running in memory of Keith Middlemast); Frances Mihailovic (running in memory of Sophia Forrester); Linda Millership (running in memory of Madeline Siddall); Lesley Nicholas (running in memory of James Michael Nicholas); Sam Ogle; Sophie Palmer (running in memory of Natalie Viner); Alison Parker; Alex Pawlitta; Helen Phillips; John Pickering; Matthew Proudfoot; Annika & Camilla Ratcliffe (running in memory of Jemima Wilson); Kathie & Sylvia Rees (running in memory of Madeline Siddall); Anne Siddall (running in memory of Madeline Siddall); Emma Smith; Pamela Stronge; Rosie Stubbington (running in memory of Keith Middlemast); Lauren Taylor (running in memory of Stephen Rogers); Daniel, Linda & Kristopher Ternent (running in memory of Graeme Bell); Amy Thornley (running in memory of Stephen Rogers); Marina Tomsett; Jayne, Judith, Emma, Jim & Victoria Welsh (running in memory of Nicola Klitzke) and Helen Winn.