In lieu of the Great North Run half-marathon which was cancelled due to COVID-19, Julian Kennett who is a Governor at Joseph Norton Academy, has been taking part in the Great North Run Solo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event.
The challenge was to complete 40 runs and a total of 250 miles between Sunday 28 June (the date of the first Great North Run) and Sunday 13 September (the date this year’s event was scheduled to take place). Julian hit the 250 mile target with 33 out of 40 runs completed and finished the event by competing in the virtual Great North Run on 13 September.
He finished 5324th out of 16000. There were runners from 57 countries and every UK postcode taking part. Julian’s final total was 305 miles, earning him a gold medal.
Julian has been running to raise money for Get Kids Going, a charity who provide access to sport for disabled children and young people through the provision of specialist wheelchairs and equipment.
The charity also provides funding support for UK Paralympians and sponsors the England Wheelchair Rugby Team. Many thanks to everyone who has already donated and if you would like to contribute the link to Julian’s Just Giving Page can be found here.
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