15 Sep 2011

Countdown begins for Bupa Great North Run

Marathon runnersSome 54,000 people are expected to take part in this weekend’s Bupa Great North Run in a bid to conquer the 13.1 miles course from Newcastle on Tyne to South Shields.

Many of those running on Sunday will be raising money for their favourite charities. And even in these difficult economic times the generosity of sponsors is once again testament to the notion that the UK is a nation of givers.

This year, the Red Arrows are teaming up with recently crowned world 5000m champion Mo Farah to act as honorary starters for the race.

In a salute to both runners and their colleague Flt Lt Jon Egging - who was tragically killed last month - the RAF display team will fly over the start line moments before Farah sets the 54,000 runners on their way to South Shields.

Graeme Bagnall, the on-the-ground commander of the famous display team known as ‘Red 10’ said: “The Bupa Great North Run is one of our favourite displays of the season and we were thrilled when asked if we would like to be the honorary starters of the event.

“We are also so pleased to be able to fly over the Tyne Bridge and it feels fitting that we will fly in the ‘missing man’ formation to honour Jon.”

Everyone at MyDonate sends their best wishes to all those taking part. Good luck and have a great day!

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