We’re never afraid of a challenge here at Inspired – remember when we zip lined across the Tyne for the charity Crisis? For our next trick, four determined members of our team are taking on the Great North Run, in support of our charity partner the Alan Shearer Foundation.

Say good luck to Tracy Taylor, Head of Resource here at Inspired. Tracy is running the Great North Run for the fourth year running (although every year she says it will be her last!) As a bit of a Great North Run veteran now, Tracy has been sharing her tips with the rest of the team: “You’ve just got to remember what you’re doing it for. You’re working on your own goals as well as focussing on the fundraising.”

Sarah Barber, sales advisor, has previously completed the Race for Life, but said that this will be her biggest challenge yet. “It has been really tough getting up early for training, but then I’ve felt so much more motivated throughout the day – I wasn’t expecting to actually enjoy it all! A little can go a long way with the charity, so that makes the all the hard work worthwhile” she told us. Fingers crossed all your early starts will pay off on the day Sarah!

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“I like doing things people think I can’t do. I’m running just because everyone says I can’t!” said James Paterson, Inspired Team Manager. James has already got a few 10k runs under his belt and is most looking forward to making it to the end of the course. Good luck James!

Charlotte Westlake, Team Manager, said the support from the Inspired team has been amazing. There will be a few friendly faces in the crowd on the day, cheering each of the runners on (but the lazy lot never offered to sign up to run too!)

So why the Alan Shearer Foundation? Each year Inspired has chosen a charity partner, the choice this year going out to staff vote. Choosing a local charity means that we can really see the difference that every penny we raise makes. The charity needs £250k every year just to sustain the centre and continue to provide free sensory and specialist leisure activities and breaks to disabled children and adults.

Fancy showing your support? You can donate via the online fundraising page – thank you!