Paralympian Hazel Robson has revealed plans to run the Great North Run in memory of her grandmother.
The 33-year-old, from Sunderland, will take part in the 13.1-mile run on Sunday September 15 to raise cash for Cancer Research UK. She is determined to conquer the famous route from Newcastle to South Shields in memory of her grandmother, Peggy Harrop, who died from cancer nearly 18 years ago.
And this year will be the first time she is able to take part after years of preparing for the 100m and 200m at four Paralympics.
She said: “I’m enjoying training for the Great North Run. I’m doing a fitness boot camp four times a week. The training is hard but it’s nice to have no pressure compared to the Paralympics.”
Hazel, who has won five Paralympic medals, including T36 100m gold in Sydney, is encouraging anyone who has secured a place to raise money for research into causes, treatment and prevention of cancer by joining Cancer Research UK’s Sports Team.
Cancer Research UK hope over 2,500 runners will raise £750,000 to help beat the disease. The charity receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of the North East, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity spent around £5m last year in the North East supporting the work of doctors, nurses and scientists who are dedicated to beating cancer by investigating its causes and how best to prevent and treat it.
Helen Jackson, Cancer Research UK’s head of sports, said: “We’re delighted that Hazel Robson is part of our team this year. It’s thanks to support like this that Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists are able to go on making progress in the fight against cancer.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who has secured their own place in the Bupa Great North Run but hasn’t chosen a charity to run for yet. Please join the Cancer Research UK team and help raise money for vital research.
“We’ll be there on the day to cheer you on and would be delighted to welcome you back to our post race reception.”
To sponsor Hazel go to www.justgiving.com/Hazel-RobsonParalympian
For more information about running for Cancer Research UK in the Bupa Great North Run call 0871 641 2403.