What a Great North Run!
For the second year in a row Accessible Derbyshire entered a team of runners into the Morrisons' Great North Run yesterday.
This year the team comprising of Gillian Scotford, Jane Carver, Kay Wood, Wendy Westlake, Catherine Brown, Steve Brown, Ellena Brown and Kerry Long were raising funds for Accessible Derbyshire as well as Bakewell-based charity Helen's Trust.
Wendy, Catherine, Steve, Ellena and Kerry started in the middle of the 50,000+ field with Gillian, Jane and Kay starting from the back . This team of three were pushing a wheelchair around the course to raise awareness of the importance of having great accessbility.
"It was my first time doing the Great North Run and it was such an uplifting feeling to be amongst so many people wanting to do some good" commented Jane. "When you think about the personal tragedies that so many of the runners have gone through that have motivated them to want to take part it really is touching. There is also a great sense of fun that all the participants share"
"At one point we were passed by a man dressed as bunch of carrots and a gorilla holding a giant banana" laughed Gillian. "Other runners who particularly caught our eye were two guys dressed from head to toe in pink as Beauty and the Beast, the 'Minion' who was with us for most of the run and the incredible brass band dressed in orange who completed the entire course playing their fabulous music. Goodness knows how they had the energy! We also met Andrew from Blackpool who was a first-time wheelchair competitor on the run - his completion of the course was an amazing achievement. This is my eleventh year doing the run and I wouldn't miss it for the world!"
If you would like to donate to our charity which improves the lives of disabled people in our area please visit our Justgiving page: www.justgiving.co.uk/accessiblederbyshire or text PUSH15 and the amount you would like to give e.g. £5 to 70070.