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Kids Run 40 Years Young

Newcastle's Children's Cancer Run is celebrating a milestone this May...

There aren't many fun runs that can claim as impressive a longevity as Newcastle Children's Cancer Run. The event celebrates it 40th anniversary this year, and the charity organisers are hoping for a huge turnout to join the party.

Scheduled for 14 May at Newcastle Racecourse, the Children's Cancer Run is in fact a cross-country fun run that everyone can pe a part of. Runners can choose from 1, 3 or 5 mile distances with all routes finishing in the same spot near the race track.

Organisers, Children's Cancer North commented: "Whether you're a child, or just a child at heart, this is your chance to do something special for our 40th Anniversary! Taking part helps make life better for children with cancer and it will also give you a great sense of achievement."

Children’s Cancer Run came from very small beginnings over 40 years ago. It started through Kings School in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear in order to raise money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund, as at the time, one of their pupils was suffering from cancer of the kidney.

A volunteer committee was set up to manage the organisation of the run, and today, many of the original members are still volunteering their services. Particularly satisfying and completing a ‘circle’ is the fact that Chris Peacock, the pupil at Kings school who had Cancer of the kidney and who inspired pupils and staff to raise money in the first ‘sponsored’ run is now also chair of the committee.

Those taking part in 2023 can expect a limited edition 40th anniversary medal, a Greggs snack pack and a special limited edition 40th anniversary t-shirt for all runners aged 16 years and under. It is a fun day out for all and participants can also enjoy the activities on offer in the Event Village which include Metro Radio Roadshow, food and drink stalls, live music, Little Movers sessions, inflatable assault course, fairground rides and plenty more.

If you'd like to know more visit the Children's Cancer Run website.

Image: Children's Cancer North

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