09 Apr Sold on the idea of our run
AN ESTATE agent has set the early pace as the race to register for Sunshine Run places hots up.
The annual 5km fun run, which raises money for The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund, will return to the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside on Wednesday, June 24, as part of the Go Bananas charity drive.
And, as always, teams of colleagues, friends and family members are invited to sign up to the event as a team – with the biggest group earning the prize of vouchers for Jesmond bar-restaurant As You Like It.
The early leaders are estate agents Pattinson, which operates 29 North East branches, with a team of 47 – all collecting cash so the charity can provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities.
Amy Rogerson, accounts assistant at the firm, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the run last year! It’s a fantastic way to get fit preparing for it and you meet some amazing people along the route who help you to push yourself.
“The charity itself is such a fantastic cause that I will continue to support and take part in the runs. The incentive of being the largest team this year just pushes us all to raise as much as we possibly can to show our support.”
Susan Moore, finance director, added: “As a company we believe it is important to support local charities, and this is the second year we have supported The Sunshine Fund as one of our designated charities.
“Last year was our first attempt at the 5km race, with 33 participants, so this year we wanted to make sure that we had the largest group. The fact I am offering drinks to staff members at the pub afterwards also helped our numbers!”
The run, sponsored by Intu Eldon Square and Intu MetroCentre, is expected to attract more than 300 people, with Paralympian Stephen Miller firing the starting gun.
Clare Savory, Sunshine Fund events manager, said: “We are thrilled with the support of Pattinson. It has been a fantastic supporter of the charity. It’s amazing they have entered 47 people.”
The deadline for registering (via email@example.com) for the run is April 24, and the £17 registration includes a T-shirt, medal and goody bag. Runners are asked to raise £50 in sponsorship.