Free charity entry for Great North Run

Runners across the region are being invited to sign up free to this year’s Great North Run.

For a limited time, Sue Ryder is waiving the £50 registration fee, to encourage more people to join in and raise cash for Peterborough’s Thorpe Hall Hospice, which serves Cambridgeshire, parts of Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

More than 56,000 runners will tackle the 13.1 mile course on September 15. Those running as part of the Sue Ryder team will be asked to raise £350 in sponsorship.

In return they will have a guaranteed place on the starting line of one of the most popular half marathon races in the country, as well as a free running vest, fundraising support and advice, online training support and plans, and VIP treatment on the day.

The route starts in Newcastle, crosses the iconic Tyne Bridge and finishes in South Shields, where Sue Ryder runners will be greeted with a massage and a glass of fizz.

Regional fundraising manager Tammy Pearce said: “This is one of those events everyone talks about and our offer of a free sign up provides the perfect chance for runners to get involved. It doesn’t matter whether you are first or last across the finishing line – it’s the money you raise for such a great cause that counts.”

Money raised will go directly towards the £6 million appeal to fund the building of a new hospice at Thorpe Hall.

For more information or to sign up for the Great North Run in aid of Sue Ryder visit www.sueryder.org/GNR or call the fundraising team at Thorpe Hall on 01733-330060.