Bassetlaw: Hospice’s Helen takes on Great North Run

Helen Eshelby, the fundraising and events co-ordinator at Bassetlaw Hospice is preparing to take part in the Great North Run G130903-1a
Helen Eshelby, the fundraising and events co-ordinator at Bassetlaw Hospice is preparing to take part in the Great North Run G130903-1a
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The head of fundraising at Bassetlaw Hospice has answered her own call in running the Great North Run.

Helen Eshelby has worked as fundraising and event co-ordinator for the past four years, encouraging countless others to test themselves in aid of the hospice.

This September, the trainer is on the other foot as she takes on one of the world’s most famous half marathons.

Helen will now take on the 13.1 mile route to raise money for her workplace.

She said: “I thought it was about time I put my money where my mouth is and did something myself.”

“I am not a runner, but I started to go out about 18 months ago and achieved 10k, followed by nine miles, and thought that now is the time to give the half marathon a go.”

“I have always wanted to do the Great North Run but have never been fit enough in the past, I just hope I am now!”

Helen is aiming to complete the run in a time of around two and a half hours.

The event will see Helen join over 50,000 other runners make their way through the streets of Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shield, including a crossing of the famous Tyne Bridge.

The race will be shown live on the BBC television, and will boast a field of world class athletes, including Britain’s Olympic hero Mo Farah and distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie, in addition to the thousands of public and charity participants.

To sponsor Helen and help raise money for Bassetlaw Hospice, either call in at the Appeal Office in Retford, or visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HelenandRichEshelby.