25 Jun Sunshine Run 2015
HUNDREDS of fundraisers dressed in yellow went bananas for a North East children’s charity last night as they took on the Sunshine Run.
Despite the region’s weather not living up to the annual event’s name, there were smiles all round as runners gathered at the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside for the popular sponsored challenge.
Every penny of the £14,000 raised went straight to The Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s Go Bananas appeal, which aims to raise £50,000 during June so the charity can provide life-changing specialist equipment to 10 local disabled youngsters and hundreds more through the Percy Hedley Sports Academy.
The 13th outing of the 5k fun run, sponsored by Intu Metrocentre and Intu Eldon Square, kicked off at 6.30pm as more than 300 participants warmed up with help from compere DJ, Anna Foster.
Then it was the job of Paralympian and Sunshine Fund patron Stephen Miller to officially start the run at the Newcastle side of the Millennium Bridge, alongside Alexander Nicoll, corporate responsibility director of intu.
Clare Savory, events manager, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people taking part in this year’s Sunshine Run, including our Fund director Caroll Pattison who did amazing. A huge thanks to our patron Stephen Miller and Alexander Nicoll from intu, who we were delighted to have as our sponsor for this year’s race.”
This year’s winner of the largest team title went to Pattinson Estate Agents, which had 47 runners.
Caroline Pattinson, managing director, said: “Last year we were pipped by Winn Solicitors so this time round we were determined to come out on top and I am very proud that we have.”
Supporter Dave Meldrum, director of Meldrum Construction, entered a team in the Sunshine Run for the first time. He said: “I’m not much of a runner but I would challenge anyone not to want to help when they see the fantastic work this charity does on a daily basis for local kids.”
Martin Soloman, chairman of the charity, added: “This is one of our biggest events of the year and helps us raise funds to help disabled children living across the region. They really need our help and I am delighted to say the 23 teams who entered this year is a record for us.”
To donate to Go Bananas, visit justgiving.com/Go-Bananas-June