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“My twin Richard asked me seven years ago if I wanted to join him on the run to support the Trust. I had never done anything like it before, but I wanted to take on the challenge.”
“The feeling of achievement you get crossing the line is overwhelming, I feel so proud that the hard work has paid off, completing one of the world’s most famous half marathons and supporting a charity that’s close to my heart.”
Jamie and his twin Richard were born six weeks early. At three days old, Richard started having fits and was rushed straight to intensive care. He had contracted bacterial meningitis.
The doctors said that he was seriously ill and may not survive and, if he did, he could be left with severe after-effects. It was three weeks before a drug was found that Richard responded to. He then luckily made a full recovery and was able to be reunited with Jamie a few weeks later. A few years later, their older brother Simon contracted viral meningitis at the age of eight. He spent four days in hospital and, thankfully, also made a full recovery.
“I will continue to run the Great North Run for the Trust because of the amazing work they do; I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
Over the eight years Jamie, and his brothers Richard and Tom, have raised £4,500 for us. 2012 will be the 9th time Jamie has supported the trust and taken part!
It’s not too late to join Jamie and our other runners – we urgently need runners with 47 places remaining – register ASAP to confirm your place at the world’s biggest road race! Registration closes on Friday 29th of June.