Great North Run 2021

The Great North Run is the world’s largest half marathon, seeing almost 60,000 people embark on the famous 13-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields every year in what is a truly iconic event.

This year due to Covid-19 the route will be slightly different with the runners starting and finishing in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Here at MFC Foundation we have 13 runners who are taking to the streets of Newcastle to help raise much needed funds for the Foundation. The money raised will allow us to continue to help the most vulnerable within our communities. To help each of the runners reach their target we need your help and hope that you might be able to0 sponsor them before the big day.


Andy Buckley

I am supporting MFC Foundation as I spent 12 months working there recently and saw the difference they make across the Tees Valley. As a way of trying to raise as much money as much as possible I am asking supporters of MFC Foundation to text 21RUN to 70085 to donate £5 and you will be automatically entered into the draw to win this 1998 Premier League shirt signed by the players from the Coca-Cola Cup Final v Chelsea including Paul Gascoigne.

Text 21RUN to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text 21RUNNOINFO to 70085. 

Joshua Arnold

I am supporting MFC Foundation because I am from Middlesbrough and I am a big Middlesbrough FC fan and I want to give something back to the Middlesbrough community.

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Tom Bryant

I am supporting the MFC Foundation because of the great work they do supporting people across Tees Valley, which is particularly important given the current challenges with COVID-19. I also love running and the Great North Run is a fantastic event.

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Jim Dyson

I decided to do the Great North Run because I wanted to push myself do something that would really test my fitness and character. I had been using running to tackle my own Mental Health issues during the three lockdowns even doing laps of my garden during periods of self-Isolation and I felt this would allow me to prove to myself that I had turned a very dark time into something positive.
I chose to run for the MFC Foundation because having moved to the Teesside area from West Yorkshire to work for the Foundation I have seen both the need for the foundations work and the impact that it has. Hopefully, the money I raise will allow us to do even more to inspire confidence and to inspire hope in the people of Teesside. For me it is also a chance to repay a charity that has been extremely supportive in my relocation from West Yorkshire and been very accepting (At Times!) of the fact that I am a Leeds supporter and my accent.

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Toni Malkin

I am a keen GNR runner and have ran the course many times. I am excited to take part in the 40th GNR the year before my big 40 too. This year will be extra special as my daughter will be taking part in her first ever Mini Great North Run, following in mine and her dads footsteps.
We’ve been doing plenty of training running a little further each week and we’re almost at the race Mini race distance. We’re both really excited to be taking part in the Great North Run events and have
have chosen to run for the MFC foundation which supports disadvantaged communities with education, health and inclusion projects. As a parent myself I believe that it is important that all children are given the same opportunities to thrive and MFC Foundation offer this amazing support in the North East.

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Rosalind Stuart

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Adam Bohill

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Adam Cooper

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Danny Douglass

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Ryan Pelling

I’m running on behalf of the MFC Foundation so that they can continue to provide great opportunities and experiences to the young people and adults in and around Teesside. It’s been a really difficult couple of years, especially for those who have been hit the hardest, and therefore anything we can do to support them further is always a worthwhile cause.


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Robbie Dawson

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