We’ve been able to share a small number of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s Great North Run stories with you this week.

Hopefully, whether or not you were involved with the run this, or any other year, this will have offered a window into the world of our fantastic fundraisers – and their motivations for wanting to support our work.

W078W016We would like to say thank you to all our Great North Runners. If you ran to get a little bit fitter, and Sir Bobby would approve of that, or ran to help us because cancer has affected you or a loved one – we really appreciate all your hard work and commitment.

We also know that runners need support before, during and after a race. Our thanks also go to everyone who helped our runners during their training, cheered them along on the day or sponsored their efforts in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Once again, our tent at the end of the run was staffed by Sir Bobby’s son, Andrew, daughter-in-law, Jo and volunteers Louise and Sima.


W003W039The refreshments, chairs for tired legs and, most of all, the words of thanks and encouragement made the world of difference to our runners and we’re grateful to the ‘Sir Bobby’ team in the Charity Village for all their hard work.

W072A word of thanks also to Glenn Ashcroft, who looks after design and website work for the Foundation at no cost.

Glenn only began running this year and this was his first Great North Run. We’re proud of the dedication he showed in his training and on the run itself.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored Glenn. He has been amazed by your kindness and generosity.

And thank you to George Caulkin, a Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and a friend of Sir Bobby.

Despite his demanding career with The Times, George is extremely committed to the Foundation and we appreciate everything he does for the charity.

W001W036This was George’s fifth Great North Run and he found it an especially emotional experience after the loss of his friend and former colleague to cancer this year.

In his words, Catherine Riley was, “a lovely, beautiful, funny and vibrant woman” and George gave his all on Sunday running ‘for Bobby and for Catherine, for my grandma and for Krijn.’

Finally, I’m extremely lucky to be in a position where I’m able to write about the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the wonderful people who support it.

My name is Liz, and I ran the Great North Run this year, for the third time, in memory of my sister.

W026Rebecca was a scientist and she died from bowel cancer aged 40. I thought of her while I ran up that last big hill in South Shields, just before the sea comes into view.

I’m a year older than her now but Rebecca will always be my big sister, and I will always miss her.

When I came home, I put my Great North Run medal around the neck of her old teddy bear.

W-098W011Everyone fundraising for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, doing anything from the Great North Run to a ‘dress down Friday’ or social club raffle, is part of Sir Bobby’s team and is helping find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

You are helping us make these, often sad but hopefully always inspirational, fundraising stories a thing of the past as we ‘tackle cancer’ together.

Sir Bobby would be extremely proud of his team – and very grateful. Thank you all.


There are more pics from the ‘Sir Bobby’ tent in the Great North Run Charity Village below.

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