Scout volunteers join Great North Run

Great North Run

On Sunday, 10 Scout volunteers tackled the world’s most popular half-marathon – the Great North Run – to raise funds for Scouting.

Starting in Newcastle, the iconic 13.1 mile course takes in the famous Tyne Bridge and finishes in the picturesque coastal town of South Shields.

Fantastic opportunity

Alan, a Group Scout Leader from Liverpool, was running his first half-marathon: 'I thought it was a fantastic opportunity not only to advertise Scouting but also to raise money to help develop Scouting so more young people can experience the organisation’s brilliant work.

'After training I was still pretty nervous about whether I could do it – especially at the age of 48! However, the atmosphere at the start and finish was electric and really made me feel confident.'

Promoting Scouting

Keith Giles, a Scout leader from Newcastle, said: 'I already had a ballot place but the chance to promote Scouting whilst doing the run made it so much better. This is my 16th run and I’m glad to say wearing the Scout running vest pushed me round seven minutes quicker than last year!'

The runners were cheered on by South Tyneside Scouts who worked hard handing out water throughout the race.

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