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15 August 2009

Why I'm running the Great North Run

Filed under: Great North Run,run — The Scribbler @ 15:12
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This running lark started as a way to get fit and feel better about myself. To be honest, I didn’t much like it at first, but knew it was ‘doing me good’. And then sometime, around Christmas 2008, someone replaced my brain and I found I was actually enjoying it.

Since then I’ve come a long way, clocking up hundreds of miles of training, three races and now there are just five weeks to go until I take on the 13.1 miles of the Great North Run. I’ve made new friends, and got a lot fitter and healthier. So it’s time to give something back.

All in a good cause
My cousin’s son Jack is 11 year’s old and has severe learning difficulties, including problems with movement and speech. He’ll never walk, never be able to communicate. Simply put, Jack will always need someone to look after him.

But it’s not all bad news. Jack’s a really special boy. He smiles and giggles a lot and has an incredible ability to make everyone around him smile too. He has a great mum and a terrific house, specially adapted, so everything he needs is on the ground floor.

He also goes to a very special school, Pear Tree Special School. And Jack’s school reports are full of all the things he can do, like taking part in sports day, and how much he enjoys things like playing with water, or music and colours.

So on September 20, I’ll be running the Great North Run to raise money for Pear Tree School. They would really like to buy some gesture operated computer equipment, that children can operate by eye pointing or blinking. I hope you’ll support me.

The school is a registered charity, but it would cost them quite a bit to register with an online donation site like JustGiving. But those of you who wish to make an online donation can do so through PayPal.

Donate online using PayPal

You don’t even have to sign up, just enter your credit or debit card details. Don’t worry, it’s secure, even I don’t get to see those details. I just get an email telling me that some kind and generous person has made a donation. And just so you know, I’ll cover any PayPal fees, so whatever you donate will go directly to the school.

If you’d prefer to donate offline, I can take cheques, bank transfers or just good old cash. Please email me: to arrange.

And if you want to, add a comment to this post to show your support. I really appreciate it and it’ll keep my legs going until I get to South Shields!



  1. Hi Michelle,

    We are so proud of you, you have trained so hard and we would be pleased to sponsor for £25 for the run.

    We will forward the Cheque direct to you instead of the paypal.

    Good Luck, We will be thinking of you

    Dad & Donna xxx


    Comment by Donna & Tony Sumner — 17 August 2009 @ 15:25 | Reply

  2. Your “scribbles” are inspirational…good luck with the last bit of training. “Pronate feet” fascinating!!


    Comment by olwyn xx — 31 August 2009 @ 18:35 | Reply

  3. […] support me on the run and help me raise money for Pear Tree Special School. Thanks. Leave a […]


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  4. We are all in support of your quest. We love you beyond compare & to be running for this school charity makes us so proud of you. We know you will do it, keep on running with all our love.XXX


    Comment by Mum & Glenn — 15 September 2009 @ 20:43 | Reply

  5. […] I’ve got a lot from taking on the Great North Run challenge, so if you’d like to help me give something back and raise money for a very special cause, please visit this page. […]


    Pingback by The great big thank you post « The Scribbler — 16 September 2009 @ 19:31 | Reply

  6. Good luck on Sunday Michelle .We have enjoyed reading your blog and sharing the ups and downs of your preparation with you .We are happy to sponsor you and are sure all your efforts will be rewarded when you cross the finishing line .We will look out for you on TV so don’t forget to wave XX


    Comment by Mum and Dad Nicol — 16 September 2009 @ 23:50 | Reply

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