Sunshine Run

14 Jul Sunshine Run

Hundreds of runners pounded the pavements for a North East children’s charity as they took on the Sunshine Run.

In the blistering heat, there were smiles all round as runners gathered at the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside for the popular sponsored challenge.

Every penny is donated to The Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s Go Bananas appeal, which supports children with disabilities and life-limiting illnesses across the region.

The 5k run, sponsored by Intu Metrocentre and Intu Eldon Square, kicked off at 6.30pm last night as around 300 runners warmed up for the event.

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Kelly Olds, from Busy Bees Nursery in Newcastle, said: “The nursery always supports the Sunshine Fund and we have had personal experience of the great work it does.

“We had a little boy called Thomas Scorer and it got a lot of equipment for him. We work with children every day so know how important it is.”

Amy Thompson, from Winns Solicitors, said: “I am the one that always tries to get everyone to do it and I wanted to be a part of it. It is for a good cause.”

Simon Tucker, from Intu Metrocentre, said: “It is a worthwhile, fantastic cause we are always willing to support.”

The route saw runners head along the Quayside to Newcastle Business park, and they were cheered on by Gateshead Harriers volunteers waving inflatable bananas.

They then turned around and ran back finishing by running over the Millennium Bridge.

Caroll Pattison, fund director of The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the run, not only for giving their time and effort to run but also for raising their sponsorship money which will go to buy some of the equipment for the 10 children from our Go Bananas campaign. A huge thank you to the local Harriers who help to organise the run and supply all the marshalls on the night. Also to our volunteers who help co-ordinate the run. I would also like to say thanks both to intu Eldon Square and Metrocentre who sponsored the event for the second year.”

Tania Vesty, marketing manager of intu Eldon Square, took part in the Sunshine Fund run for the first time. She said: “So many of my colleagues at intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre have also taken part, and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing.

“It has been great to be part of the Go Bananas campaign, helping to raise money, and support the fantastic work that the Sunshine Fund does.”

Gavin Prior, general manager at intu Metrocentre said: “It is fantastic to see how our team has really got behind this and trained for the event.”

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