4-year-old Ernie Mclean has set himself big goals for this year’s AJ Bell Mini Great North Run: to run as quickly as a Gallimimus – that’s a type of dinosaur, in case you were wondering.
He’ll be running to raise money for Calmer Therapy – a charity founded in 2015, which has quickly grown to cater for over 3,000 members, and now has two centres around the North East. The Charity welcomes children, young people, and adults from all around the area, who have additional needs and disabilities, and provides support for them and their families.
Ernie, who was born with a brain injury, regularly attends the Calmer Therapy centre in Morpeth, Northumberland. His mum, Lauren is extremely grateful to the centre for the support that they offer, which helps the family with Ernie’s disabilities and the challenges that they face.
Ernie explained why he has chosen to run for the charity and how much he enjoys attending the centre:
“I have chosen to run for this charity because it hasn’t only helped me on my journey, but it helps us as a family. It is so much fun at the centre and my favourite thing to do is play with the dinosaurs”.
The AJ Bell Junior & Mini Great North Run is the UK’s biggest and best kids running event. Taking place on 9 September on the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, with plenty of encouragement and high fives from the crowds, it’s an action-packed day with an atmosphere like no other.
Mini runners aged 3-8 take on a daring 1.2km dash, while Juniors aged 9-16 tackle a 4km supercharged sprint.
For more information visit www.greatrun.org/events/junior-mini-great-north-run