Meet Alan, a star fundraiser who ran the Great North Run last September, and raised an incredible £960 – simply amazing! After cancellations, Covid restrictions and a changed route, Alan took it in his stride and took on one of the largest half marathons in the world.

Alan wanted to take on this famous route as he went to university in Newcastle and had lived and worked in the city for a number of years, hearing lots of great things about the Great North Run.  Having tackled the race twice before, Alan was able to achieve his personal best, however he is hoping to beat that this year when he once again takes to the streets of Newcastle as part of #TeamFamilyFund.

It was Alan’s work as a solicitor at Irwin Mitchel that introduced him to Family Fund, and the vital work we do.

"They're truly are a brilliant organisation who I am proud to support and help raise funds for so they can help more families."

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This passion also helped Alan stay motivated. When asked he said, "I enjoy fitness but to be honest I don’t love long-distance running training! However, knowing it was for a great cause and putting a bit of pressure on myself to get as much sponsorship as possible so that Family Fund can help more families is a great motivation."

As well as training, Alan did an impressive job fundraising for this event. On this success he mentioned that he 'tried to let as many people know about the invaluable work Family Fund do and why they should support Family Fund.  It also helps to have generous family, friends and colleagues who are willing to support’.

Top tip -  "Tap into as many contacts, family and friends that you can think of and make sure that you explain why you are running for Family Fund and how the funds raised can help families. It is also a good idea to start a fundraising page early on and keep this updated with pictures and posts about how the training is going; having very sore feet is often a good way of encouraging people to sponsor you!"

Has Alan’s story inspired you to take on a running challenge this summer for a good cause, or are you already on our Great North Run team this year? Alan has some final piece of advice for you

"Train hard and enjoy the day because the GNR creates an unrivalled atmosphere with thousands of people running for great causes. Also try not to get stuck running behind someone in fancy dress!"

We have a limited number of spots left, so register your interest for this year’s Great North Run today.