These inspiring young people were among those who stepped up to raise around £100,000 for Children’s Cancer North during the Children’s Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse
More than 4,000 people joined the fight against childhood cancer today by taking part in the Children’s Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse.
And these inspiring young people were among those who stepped up to raise around £100,000 for Children’s Cancer North by walking a one, three or five mile run.
Nathan Curry, age 10, completed the run to help children this year after being diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia two years ago.
Nathan said, “My message to other kids like me is don’t give up, even if you’re down.
“I wanted to do the run to have fun, gain confidence and help other people with cancer — it was amazing.”
The 38th run of its kind was sponsored by Greggs and the first since 2019 after last year’s event was canceled due to Covid-19.
While it normally draws up to 10,000 runners, numbers were deliberately limited as part of safety precautions.
The Children’s Cancer Run began with very humble beginnings at Tynemouth’s Kings School, where Chris Peacock, president of Children Cancer North, attended as a student.
He had cancer as a child and the school wanted to do something to help.
Over time, it has grown into the UK’s largest charity event and the charity’s premier annual charity event – raising over £7.5 million for childhood cancer research as part of the longtime charity NECCR.
Chris Peacock, president of Children’s Cancer North and founder of the event, said: “When this event first took place, I had no idea how much it would grow and become an important part of the events calendar of the North.
“It’s always so uplifting to hear people’s stories for their involvement and the sense of reward they get from participating.
“We are very pleased with the response to the re-hold of the run after a challenging 18 months and for people’s patience with the security measures we have put in place, including a limited number of access numbers.”
Here are some of the inspiring kids who took part in the event.