Sinéad and Carrie, a head teacher and teaching assistant from Sheffield are just two of over 135 #TeamOrange runners taking on the Great North Run for MDUK this September. They are running in support of nine-year-old Alec, who attends their school and lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Alec is a great lad, a valued member of his class, year group and school and our aim is to do all we can to raise awareness of the condition in our local community. His family have had to battle for everything since his diagnosis so if we can make it that little bit easier, then it’s worth it!”
I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Alec on a 1:1 basis and because of this, have been able to get to know what a great boy he is and of course, his incredible sense of humour! I have also seen the obstacles and struggles Alec faces on a daily basis, and this, along with his family being so passionate about raising awareness, has made me more determined to raise as much funds and awareness as possible, not just in school, but in my personal life too!”
With neither Sinéad nor Carrie being natural long-distance runners, they both explained how much of a challenge a half-marathon will be for them. The most they have run in one go is 10k!
I’m really looking forward to taking part in the Great North Run this year, but also very nervous! Carrie is much better than me so I’m fearful that I’ll end up on the sweeper bus and watch her finish with flying colours. It’s a massive challenge for me and a huge statement of how passionate I am to support Alec and his family.”
Carrie went on to say:
I run on a regular basis and have always enjoyed doing so, but have never done long-distance. Sinéad thinks I’m better than her, but she can completely hold her own; we will definitely take this on together and it will be 100 percent for Alec!”
Both have been doing some amazing work within their school, from arranging assemblies with their local fundraising manager at MDUK to creating a real team vibe throughout the school getting behind Alec, continuously supporting him, his family and their journey with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Not only have they both already reached their fundraising targets, they hope to exceed them!
If this has inspired you to get involved next year in the Great North Run 2019 and take a huge stride in the fight against muscle-wasting conditions, please get in contact with our Regional Team to find out more.
The Regional Development Team
- Freephone – 0300 012 0172
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org