Great North Runners!

Local CAFOD supporters take on Great North Run to fight global poverty.

The Great North Run starts in Newcastle and finishes in South Shields after runners have raced through Gateshead. The run is the second largest half-marathon in the world and was run by both novices and seasoned runners in order to raise money for people living in poverty thousands of miles away.

Mary Atherton, Northallerton, took on the challenge of the Great North Run for the first time with her husband, David. Undaunted, they even turned their fundraising into a race, competing against each other to see who can raise the most money! Mary, a maths teacher at Carmel College in Darlington, said:

“We wanted to run for CAFOD because we support its work at Carmel College. CAFOD does great work overseas where there is the greatest need, in places such as Syria and Gaza. We are a wealthy country and we can afford to share our wealth with those who aren’t so fortunate.”

Also participating were keen runners Fr Paul Dowling, James Corr and Tony Smartt of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Market Weighton. Tony (81) is a veteran of the race, having run it 14 or 15 times since he moved north in 1994, and had raised £300 and counting when we interviewed him! He says training keeps him fit and the event always gives him a buzz. Fr Paul has run the Yorkshire Marathon for CAFOD in the past and encourages others to “Go for it- you never know what you’re capable of unless you try it. I know things like lack of confidence can sometimes prevent people from making that start, but it’s a great feeling when you cross the finish line and you can really be proud of what you have achieved.”

CAFOD supporters participating in sponsored events such as the Great North Run play an important part in enabling CAFOD’s work fighting poverty in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

We would like to thank our runners for their energy and generosity!

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