Stephanie’s Great North Run challenge

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A gap year volunteer from Nelson is taking on the challenge of one of the world’s largest half-marathons to fundraise for people living in poverty thousands of miles further away.

Stephanie Beech (22), is running in the Great North Run on Sunday to fund-raise for Catholic aid agency CAFOD. The charity works with local communities to tackle poverty in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Stephanie, who is a gap year volunteer for CAFOD in Pendle, said: “I’ve been running since a young age with my dad and ran last year in the Liverpool Half Marathon. This is the first time I’ve run in the Great North Run.

“As I’m volunteering with CAFOD on my gap year, it’s a perfect opportunity to raise funds for and increase awareness of the brilliant work it does with communities around the world.

“There will be so many people running on Sunday – I’m really looking forward to it.”

The Great North Run starts in Newcastle and finishes in South Shields after runners have raced through Gateshead. The run is the second-largest half-marathon in the world.

Ged Edwards, CAFOD manager for Nelson said: “Running over 13 miles is not a feat for the faint-hearted, so we’re delighted that Stephanie is prepared to put herself through the challenge in solidarity with people living in poverty across the world.

“CAFOD supporters participating in sponsored events such as the Great North Run play an important part in enabling CAFOD’s work fighting poverty overseas to take place. We would like to thank Stephanie for her generosity and wish her the very best of luck on Sunday!”