Eighteen CAFOD supporters from the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle ran in this year’s Great North Run to fundraise for CAFOD’s work.
Amongst our runners was Dr Clive Kelly, a consultant physician at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, who was taking part in his thirtieth Great North Run.
Dr Kelly said:
“Training was difficult this year as I’ve been recovering from an Achilles problem, but I still really enjoyed the run.
“I decided to run for CAFOD as I really admire their work with young people living in poverty. I’m especially interested in charity work with young people as the lead doctor for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes by the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle. That led me to become more aware of CAFOD’s great initiatives supporting young people in many different countries.”
Sisters Liz and Susanna Jackson took on the race together.
Liz, who works for Newcastle City Council, said:
“It’s the fourth time I’ve taken part in the Great North Run, but it’s the first time Susanna’s been involved. We did lots of training in preparation for the race and we really enjoyed it.
“We chose to fundraise in aid of CAFOD because all the work it’s doing in places such as Gaza and other countries where people are suffering is really inspiring.”
And Helen Hunt, chaplain at St Benet Biscop Catholic High School in Bedlington, was also taking part in her first Great North Run.
Helen, who has so far raised £1,355 for CAFOD, said:
“I didn’t do as much training as my competitive side would have liked, but I did enough for my legs to keep me upright until the finish line.
“The race was tough, but it was great to hear people cheering my name. It made such a difference to have the CAFOD cheering point at the end of a long section.
Thanks to all the CAFOD supporters who ran in the Great North Run.