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Over 10,000 children were inspired to get active by taking on one of the Junior and Mini or Family events in the Great Run Series this year.

Club runners, budding athletes, fundraisers and school friends of all ages took on courses across the UK, including some very incredible young people.

Here are some of the highlights below:

1) Super Fundraiser Ella

Ella Chadwick set herself a mammoth challenge this year to run 10k in combined kids' events starting on her 10th birthday at the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run in September.

She will then go on to run #10kfor10years in events in the Great Run Series for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, where she has spent a lot of her time being treated over the last ten years.

Ella is a regular at the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run and her fundraising efforts are always a highlight of the weekend.

2) Brave Anu Saha

Seven-year-old Anu Saha was born with her umbilical cord wrapped tightly around her right leg, cutting off the blood's circulation. Sadly, the leg had to be amputated and she now sports a pink prosthetic leg.

To recognise her bravery Anu was named as honorary starter for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Mini Run and even completed the final 200m with her friends!

3) Wrong Trousers at Bristol

Hundreds of families taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Bristol Family Run donned their weirdest and wackiest wrong trousers in support of The Grand Apeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

This colourful addition to the run raised funds for the event’s local nominated charity and supported their annual fundraising initiative, Wallace & Gromit's Wrong Trousers Day.

4) Max and Harvey Cheer Kids at Manchester

Teen music stars Max and Harvey Mills were honorary starters at the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Manchester Run in May. They are the biggest musers in Britain and shot to global fame in 2016 when they began to use the lip-syncing app to record cover songs and videos.

The brothers also cheered and sang for the young runners who were supporting Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity, after becoming patrons when they saw the hospital's amazing work first hand when a friend spent time there as a patient.

5) Dylan’s Mile Run for his Sister

Three-year-old Dylan Currah took on the Simplyhealth Great North Family Run for his baby sister Caitlin. Caitlin spent a month in hospital following a traumatic birth and had to be put into an incubator.

Dylan was determined to do the run for his little sister and support the charity Bliss who helped the family during her premature birth.

6) Star Athletes of the Future

As always, the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run featured an extremely competitive club runner field, with hundreds of children taking on the event wearing their club vests with pride.

Congratulations to all those who earned a place on the podium!

7) Nia’s Mini Run in Brother’s Memory

Six-year-old Nia Walker ran the Simplyhealth Mini Great North Run in memory of her baby brother Elliott who died in 2013 of a rare genetic condition at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Nia and her family have fundraised in his memory for the London Hospital and this year she took on the event as part of a team with her eight-year-old cousin Harry.

8) Jackson Melts Hearts in Glasgow

Five-year-old Jackson Waddell has cerebral palsy and needs a frame to walk but that didn’t stop him completing the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Family Mile on Super Saturday.

Jackson likes to take part in various sports and never lets his condition hold him down.

When he crossed the finish line of the event this Autumn, he was greeted with huge cheers and it was one of the most heart warming moments of the year.

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