Our incredible Great North Run team have trained through heatwaves to get to the start line on Sunday 11 September and we cannot thank them enough for their commitment and generosity in choosing to support The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.
With each runner having their own personal reasons for taking part, we hope that when they put on their EPT tops on the 11 September and make their way to the start line, it will serve as a powerful reminder that they have an entire community supporting them with every step that they take.
You can watch coverage of the Great North Run-on BBC One from 9.30am (UK time) on Sunday 11 September.
UPDATE – The team really did incredibly well taking on this iconic city to coast half marathon. This year it was made even more poignant with the sad news of the Queen’s passing just days before. We are so proud as should they all be of their personal achievements and are immensely grateful for their dedication and support of the charity.
Meet the team
Meet our team for The Great North Run 2022 and find out how you can follow their epic journeys this Sunday, 11 September!
Before signing up to the Great North Run, I was completely unaware that ectopic pregnancy was a thing. I didn’t know of anyone who had experienced an ectopic pregnancy so it was never talked about. I wouldn’t have known what signs to look out for if I was to experience an ectopic pregnancy myself and I certainly wouldn’t have known of all the fantastic support available from The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.
When deciding which charity to run for, The EPT really stood out from a long list of names as I’d never heard of ectopic pregnancy until that moment. After getting clued up on what this is and how around 1 in 80 women are affected each year, I just had to choose to run for The EPT and make others aware of ectopic pregnancy.
I’m taking on the iconic GNR to not only see if I can get through a half marathon, but also to raise awareness and vital funds for the EPT – helping to enable every woman who experiences an ectopic pregnancy to receive the care and support she needs.
You can read more about Talia’s Great North Run journey on her fundraising page
I am running the GNR for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust to continue to raise awareness for such a wonderful charity after suffering an ectopic pregnancy in 2018. Our baby found a home so safe we couldn’t see those little toes and I have dedicated my running and fundraising to The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust who have helped me so much. I am now honoured to help the amazing team as a volunteer and will never stop running and raising awareness for our first little miracle.
You can read more about Mary’s Great North Run journey on her fundraising page
I was originally doing the GNR for the Trust with my daughter the year it was cancelled due to the pandemic and we chose not to do last year because of the route and so deferred to this year. Unfortunately my daughter’s situation has changed and she in no longer able to run.
My daughter, Gemma, chose the charity as she sadly had an ectopic pregnancy a few years ago and the charity is close to her heart.
You can read more about George’s Great North Run journey on his fundraising page.
I’m running the GNR after experiencing an ectopic pregnancy and losing my right Fallopian tube in January 2021. The only support/advice I received in hospital was from The EPT. I had no idea what an ectopic pregnancy was or where to turn to after being discharged from hospital.
I found myself in an extremely dark place and then I reached out to The EPT helpline. Words cannot describe how much they helped myself and my partner. I was so worried about my partner and an amazing member of The EPT supported him just as much as me.
I could say so much about how much the Trust has helped me and I truly believe my mental recovery wouldn’t have happened without this Trust.
Running the GNR and raising money is the least I can do to say how grateful I am for everything the Trust has done.
You guys are incredible and deserve so much acknowledgment. You’re helping so many people and should be so proud of yourselves.
Thank you a million times over!!!
You can read more about Sophie’s Great North Run journey on her fundraising page
I wanted to raise awareness of the heart-breaking and terrifying experience of an ectopic pregnancy, together with raising money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust which helps so many people. As part of my EPT1000 challenge, completing the Great North Run is something I’ve always wanted to do so there was no better way to tie both challenges together.
You can read more about Annabel’s Great North Run journey on her fundraising page
Please be aware: Team Sheena is comprised of family members of Sheena who sadly lost her life due to a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Our support services are available should you need them.
My wife, Sheena, died from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy in January 2021, so I want to raise awareness to ensure nobody else should suffer the same fate from this condition.
She had a doctor’s appointment just two days before to report spotting she’d been experiencing and they didn’t believe there was any cause for concern, so with some awareness of this condition and the various symptoms it was very preventable. I’m hoping that raising awareness of what an ectopic pregnancy is as well as what The EPT do can mean that if others have similar situations, they would be able to push back or go with that information as I believe it’s not as well-known as it should be considering how many pregnancies are impacted by this.
I’m running in memory of my sister-in-law Sheena who tragically died from an ectopic pregnancy.
Sheena loved taking part in outdoor races and challenges so we are trying to make her proud.
We are raising money for this great cause that has been very supportive to my brother-in-law during tough times.
You can read more about Team Sheena’s Great North Run journey on their fundraising page.
I am delighted to be running the Great North Run and raising money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. It’s a charity very close to my heart as I have personally suffered two ectopic pregnancies and at the time knew nothing about them, it was a real shock. Since sharing my fundraising link I have been surprised at how many of my friends have also suffered the same.
My fundraising has gone so well very proud to be running in my charity top.
You can read more about Louise’s Great North Run journey on her fundraising page
Mandi and Chris
Mandi: We are running for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust as I suffered an ectopic pregnancy in 2005 which nearly cost me my life, I was 21 and unaware even what and ectopic was. I was living abroad and very scared as didn’t understand the language but the people at The EPT helped me to understand and grieve.
I spoke to many ladies via the old forum which today I now class as very close friends. I’m eternally grateful for the support and friendships I got via The EPT.
I ran the London marathon last year as a unicorn for The EPT and will be the tellitubbie Laa-Laa for this years Great North Run.
You can read more about Chris and Mandi’s Great North Run journey on their fundraising page
I am taking part because in 2019 when I was only 19 years old, I experienced an ectopic pregnancy. This was an incredibly hard and isolating time and the experience made me feel incredibly alone until I found the EPT. The EPT supported me with their videos and amazing community and made me realise I was not alone even in my darkest days.
I am doing the Great North Run to raise money to return just a bit of support the EPT have provided to me as a big thank you.
You can read more about Aimee’s Great North Run journey on her fundraising page
We wish our Great North Run 2022 team the very best of luck on Sunday. The generosity of our fundraisers and donors ensures that the charity can continue it’s vital work at no cost to those who need our support and resources.
If you have been inspired to fundraise for The EPT you can find out more on our fundraising page.