Everyone has their own reason to challenge themselves to do the Great North Run. For some, it may be an opportunity to get active and pull on trainers for the very first time, for others, it’s a response to a cancer diagnosis. For many, it’s simply a chance to be part of a truly special North East event.

Ian Windsor is 45 and a member of Blyth Running Club. He has picked up a lot of medals over the years and has also put all that pavement pounding to great use by raising money for our Foundation.

Ian says: “I first decided to raise money for Sir Bobby’s Foundation in 2022 when I ran three half marathons and my first ever marathon at London. My mam has had two types of cancer and, thankfully, is several years in remission. Running was my way of giving back for the fantastic care she received.

“In 2023, I ran my third Edinburgh half marathon and several 10ks and then my tenth consecutive Great North Run, which was very special. It makes an enormous difference when you’re running for a charity that’s important to you.

“Just before Christmas, my auntie was diagnosed with cancer and my mam is still dealing with stuff relating to her previous cancers, so that’s why I’ve decided to run and continue to run for the Foundation again this year.

“I run regularly but the Great North Run is a challenge just about anyone can take on. It’s important to run your own race and soak in the atmosphere, but still respect the distance. You have to do the Great North Run at least once, it’s like a northerner’s rite of passage.”

There are a limited places still available to join Sir Bobby’s Great North Run Team. For more information and to sign up, please visit: GNR sign up