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Cash Prizes For Charity In The Great North Run

The Great North Run has thrown up a wealth of heart-rendering stories of endurance and resolve of many of the participants who slog it out in UK's biggest road running event.

Now South Tyneside Council is launching the Great North Run Spirit of South Tyneside Awards to formally recognise these resolute roadrunners. Three awards will be made to runners who, in the view of the judges, epitomise the spirit of the run.

Councillor John Wood, Deputy Mayor of South Tyneside Council said: "The Great North Run is a wonderful occasion - thousands of people giving their all to raise money for charity - in some instances people who participate against the odds, those with acute health problems, those getting on in years. Eight million pounds was raised in last year's race alone".

"South Tyneside Council is proud to play host to everyone who completes the race but particularly want to acknowledge the selflessness of the unsung heroes of the day by launching this special award."

Today ( Monday 15th September) the judges met to sift through the hundreds of applications, all hoping to win donations of £1000, £500, £250 which will go to the chosen charities of the three finalists.

David Hart, of Nova International, said: "It's not an easy task. There's the full gamut here - those running despite serious medical problems, those running on behalf of friends and families with serious medical problems, those who tell us of real life-changing experiences. They should all be winners."

The finalists will also receive the Great North Run Spirit of South Tyneside trophies at a special prize-giving ceremony at the end of the race.

For further details about this Press Release please contact:

Eileen McCabe, McCabe Associates
Tel: 0191 5293036 OR
Mobile: 07866 580 048


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