Dona and Lynsey Take part in the GNR, 2018
Donna and Lynsey fantastically took part in the Great North Run, 2018. The “dynamic duo” had already smashed the London Marathon this year, with Lynsey supporting the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. Below in Lynsey’s words you really get the sense of how much they enjoyed the day.
Donna and myself had an amazing day. A weekend in fact as we made the most of it. The whole weekend was fabulous, we had lots of fun running. The Red Arrows were a real treat and the weather was surprisingly warm. I had always wanted to do the GNR but always thought it was too busy or too far away however when the opportunity came to run for the EPT again I jumped at the chance and was very honoured to wear the vest again. Whilst it was very busy we both enjoyed ourselves and particularly loved the last mile coming onto the seafront. We mingled for ages afterwards soaking up the atmosphere which was great instead of having to rush off. All in all a quite brilliant experience.
Great North Run 2019
Mary and Ben's GNR, 2019
Jessica's GNR, 2019
I decided to do the run to challenge myself and felt that running for
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust would give me the focus that I needed. I
had an ectopic pregnancy in December 2013 and understand first hand
the emotional and physical toll that it takes on you. I am not
normally an overly emotional person but I spent most of the race,
right from being on the start line in tears. The actual run was
extremely hard, having been poorly just before, but my main focus was
to get to the end – time was not a factor. The support along the way
really restored my faith in humanity with all sorts of people giving
up their day to line the route and spur you on, the jelly babies and
ice lollies were also a welcome sight!!! Last night I was saying never
again but this morning my thought process has changed.
Rosie's Great North Run 2019
I Started training with the GNR goal in sight. But life gets in the way and that training plan goes out the window! I live on flat land next to the sea where it mostly rains, and the GNR was full of inclines and full blown sunshine so it ended up being one tough run. But the atmosphere was giddy with anticipation and excitement and you can’t stop yourself from absorbing it all. We crossed the line with a mixture of exhaustion and gratitude. we had finished. We did it! And we have raised £700 and going for doing it. I have a 2mile swim in loch Tay still to go though so no rest of the wicked. But I want to say thank you to you and your charity. The charity that kept my sister going when times got tough. I can’t begin to understand what she went through but I will be forever in debt for her mother in law for knowing the signs and symptoms and getting her to hospital asap. My running this half marathon, I have used it to help raise awareness for your charity but most importantly the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy as well.
Victoria and Cai's Great North Run 2021
Mary's Great North Run 2021
The Great North Run is a local event to me here in the heart of the North East and a race I have ran many times. The atmosphere is something you have to experience, such warmth and support from the locals all along the route for the elite to club runners to people just wanting to have a go and like Brendan says it’s for ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It truly is a fantastic event. This year was slightly different with a change of route, which meant we got to see all the elite runners coming back in and a chance to run over the Tyne Bridge twice which is always a highlight.
After suffering an ectopic pregnancy in November 2018 I decided to run the Great North Run in 2019 with my husband Ben for our little miracle Tiny Toes and it was such an emotional day but one filled with so much love and support. Since then our fertility journey continued and we suffered two more miscarriages last year and I am forever grateful to the wonderful support of the EPT as my emotional health suffered. When I heard there was a place left for the GNR I just wanted to do something for our little one and raise awareness for such a wonderful charity so dear to my heart. When I saw Ben running to meet me at the end it filled my heart with so much love that we always have each other and Tiny Toes is always with us.
If you are inspired by our Great North Runners passion and determination and would like to raise funds and awareness for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, please visit our fundraising page and drop our fundraising co ordinator an email if you are interested in a place for the GNR 2022 firstname.lastname@example.org