With wall-to-wall sunshine and a whole city teeming with kindness and support, we knew we were in for a great day at this year's Great North Run.


We were delighted to have a good solid team of people running for Cord this year and we couldn't be more proud of them for all their training and their fantastic commitment to fundraising.

One of our Chief fundraisers, Bridget, was there cheering on the team, here's what she had to say about the event:

I've run the GNR before and I've experienced the overwhelming support and emotional atmosphere, but this year was electric! 

I'm not sure if the clear blue skies and bright September sunshine had anything to do with it, but the infamous Newcastle welcome was warmer than ever!

From meeting people on the Metro to chatting to strangers in a bar the night before, the whole weekend was terrific, especially for our runners. Due to the enormity of the day and vast numbers of people, it was key to make sure we had meeting points set up to meet our runners. I went to a few spots around the course to cheer people on, but the main meeting point was at the finish line.

The award for the most animated finish has to go to Casey, who was beaming from ear to ear in elation - and exhaustion!

But the first of our runners to cross the line was Graham who finished in an impressive 1 hour and 25 minutes. But it wasn't all about the times, for many it was just a huge goal to finish in one piece

Like the London Marathon, everyone has a story and a reason for running that's dear to their heart which makes it an emotional day for runners and spectators alike. 
Our 10 Cord runners all chose to run to help communities and families in Africa and Asia live their lives in peace and dignity. It has meant so much to watch our runners dedicate their time and help so many.
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I'd like to take this opportunity, and on behalf of Cord, to thank all our runners, their friends and their families for their support. 
I can't wait to do it all again next year!