Search is on for Great North Run participants

�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -30th April 2012'Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd/
�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -30th April 2012'Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd/

ARE you looking for a great challenge this year?

Why not dust off your running shoes and join Action Cancer in the biggest half marathon in the world … The Great North Run!

The charity can offer a handful of lucky runners the opportunity to take part in the iconic event taking place on Sunday 16 September 2012.

This prestigious half marathon attracts approximately 54,000 runners per year and the atmosphere is electric! It’s the perfect excuse to combine both a personal challenge and a city break in the same weekend.

The half marathon course takes in many of the sights of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gateshead, starting in the City Centre and finishing by the sea, making it a really interesting route, with a fantastic crowd support mechanism.There is no time limit so you can run, jog or walk the course.

Action Cancer Fundraising Events Officer Gillian Thomson said that the Great North Run presents a fantastic opportunity for both Action Cancer and those running: “Running any half marathon is a challenge in itself, but the experience of taking part in one of the running calendar’s favourite events, such as the Great North Run, is something that can never be matched. Whether you want a new challenge or simply love running sign up to take part and raise money for Action Cancer. Run for life in this year’s Great North Run”.

Action Cancer relies heavily on donations from the public and business communities in Northern Ireland to provide a range of vital, life-saving services including a breast screening service for women aged 40-49 and 70+, men’s MOT health check, health promotion, research, counselling and complementary therapies. Every year we need to raise £3.2 million to keep our services going.

The Great North Run will take place on Sunday 16 September 2012. The registrations fee is £150 with a minimum sponsorship amount of £600 to be raised. Action Cancer can provide lots of fundraising ideas for anyone interested in taking part. Included in the registration cost is race entry and two nights’ accommodation but runners must organise their own flights. For more details contact Gillian Thomson on 028 9080 3379, email