Great North
Thank You

This year, at our landmark 40th staging of the Great North Run, we’ll also be welcoming runners back to the start-line after one of the most challenging experiences in living memory.

As we celebrate four incredible decades of fundraising, individual endurance and collective triumph it was also very important for us to say a Great North THANK YOU to the entire nation, for their efforts during the pandemic.

With the support of proud partner HSBC UK, we want to recognise the incredible individual efforts of some of those who went above and beyond to help others, as well as every single one of you who stayed home, made space and changed your daily lives for the good of our communities.

The full list of inspirational individuals to be honoured at this year’s Great North Run has been confirmed. Thirteen people from all walks of life, who went above and beyond to support their communities during the pandemic, will be featured on billboards at every mile along the course of this year’s Great North Run.

Featured in the Great North Thank You campaign will be:

NHS Heroes

Dr Mickey Jachuck, Consultant Cardiologist South Tyneside District Hospital
Mickey and his team provided 24/7 cover for critically ill patients with Covid during the pandemic

Senior Sister Jade Trewick, Ward 49, Royal Victoria Infirmary
Jade heads a respiratory support unit .created in just 12 weeks to care for patients with severe Covid infection.

Community Staff Nurse Dorathy Oparaeche, Northumbria Healthcare
Dorathy took care of some of the most vulnerable people in our region, in their own homes, during the pandemic.

Deborah Southworth Occupational Health Team Lead, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Deborah and her team put initiatives in motion to support staff through the hardest days of the pandemic and beyond.

Local Authorities

Jill Maguire, Family Time Service Manager, South Tyneside Council
Jill and her team innovated to ensure looked after children could stay close to biological relatives.

David Craker, Civil Enforcement Officer Newcastle City Council
David volunteered his time to deliver food packages and worked at the Civic Centre Covid testing site.


Honorata Devlin, Fundraiser
Despite being diagnosed with Cancer in 2019 Honorata raised around £5,000 for St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington during the pandemic.


Brenda Parker, School Caretaker Harton Primary School South Shields
Brenda didn’t take a single day off during the pandemic, working tirelessly to ensure the school was safe for staff and pupils.

Sports Coach

Jan Heslop, Junior Head Coach, Elswick Harriers
Jan worked tirelessly to keep the junior section of the club training and engaged throughout the pandemic.

Supermarket worker

Tracey Henton, Community Champion Morrisons Cowgate
Tracey facilitated the Food Bank Initiative where premade packs were available for shoppers to add to their weekly shop and donate as they left the store.

Business Community

Ian Banks, Operations Manager, Gateshead International Stadium
Ian and his team pivoted to help their community by turning the stadium into a food distribution warehouse for those in need.

Care Worker

Louise Damms, Home Manager, Cheviot Court, Care UK
Louise managed the home through three Covid outbreaks, where she sadly lost residents.

Mental Health Champion

Sergeant Tom Power
Mental Health Volunteer Tom, is currently serving with the Royal Dragoon Guards, he volunteered for Mental Health Concern during the pandemic.


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