On Sunday, Youth Focus North East had the privilege of five runners willing to participate in the Great North Run – to both raise funds for us, and awareness of our work. Alex, Barry, Colin, Dan and Kate all tied on their numbers and their trainers to run 13.1 miles, on a gloriously sunny – probably too sunny for their comfort – day, and all of them finished well.
As an extremely welcome bonus, Alex Black took almost four minutes off the world record for running a half marathon dressed as a book character. Alex chose Harry Potter, since Harry, brought up feeling lonely and isolated in his cupboard under the stairs, knew what it was like to feel some of the things that the young people we work with can experience. As Alex said, ‘Harry Potter was the perfect fictional representation of the challenges young people are facing, and a great way to raise awareness of the work that Youth Focus North East do. Being of the North East, the Great North Run is one of the most iconic events in our region and seemed the most fitting platform for bringing attention to the issue.’
Complete with cloak, wand and scar, Alex finished in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 18 seconds, beating the previous world record of 1 hour 23 minutes and 4 seconds.
Together, so far all of our runners have raised around £2,500. Well done, Alex, Barry, Colin, Dan and Kate. We’re very proud of what you all achieved.