Great Run’s Bloggers

Joe Milner

Joe Milner has worked in Nova's department for five years, he can mostly be found on the central motorway in Newcastle at 2AM on Great North Run morning or negotiating the intracies of staging an even in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, there's noth he doesn't know about barriers. Joe completed this year's London Marathon for the Stroke Association.  

Peta Bee

Peta Bee is Performance Editor of Athletics Weekly magazine

Kate Percy

Kate Percy, author of the hugely successful Go Faster Food and Go Faster Food for Kids, is passionate about the link between what we eat and how we perform and feel. And she practices what she preaches! Running marathons at an amateur level for many years, Kate's times qualify for automatic entry to prestigious races, such as Boston and London. A fresh air junkie, Kate also enjoys cycling, swimming, skiing, sailing and kayaking.  

Iona Bruce

Iona Bruce is a 24 year old graduate, gym instructor (personal trainer in training), functional fitness instructor, trampoline coach, blogger, writer, photographer and events organiser based in Glasgow, Scotland

Richard Easterbrook

Richard Easterbrook is a PR and Content Executive, working within the communications team at The Great Run Company.

Dan Wallis

Dan Wallis is a New Zealand athlete who won the Great Edinburgh Run in 2016 and finished sixth in the Great Ireland Run.

Alice Millican

Social Media

Blind Dave Heeley

Great Run regular and avid fundraiser, taking on the whole 2017 Great Run series of events. 

Run Mummy Run

Run Mummy Run® was founded in 2012 by Mum Leanne Davies. She created a small Facebook group for her and two friends and four years on it stands at over 40,000 members. The community welcomes females of any ability to join and gain support, encouragement and motivation, however being a Mum is not obligatory. With an ethos based on kindness Run Mummy Run is a place to find friendships, confidence and enjoy all the good that running brings.


As the UK’s No.1 branded ibuprofen gel range – and the Official Pain Relief Partner of the Great Run series – you can trust Ibuleve to help keep your training on track. 

Alice Tate

Alice Tate is a freelance travel writer, blogger and PR Manager living in South East London. Her love for travel grew from being dragged around European campsites in a hot, sticky tent with three other siblings. Now, she's the one dragging her partner around the globe — give or take the sticky tent. She lives for the water, is a keen runner, with 2 marathons under her belt. Follow her fitness journey and travels over at Flash Anthology.

Siobhan Fuller

Siobhan is a communications intern at the Great Run Company.

Still Waters Run Deep

Still Waters Run Deep are not a running club but a welcoming creative community. We are a group driven by curiosity, exploring our city wherever and however possible to find new ways to interact with our surroundings through fitness.

Kerry Simpson

Age: 30

Location: Newcastle

Kerry has been part of the team at The Great Run Company since 2011 and you will usually spot her running around the start and finish areas organising celebrity interviews. A keen runner, novice cyclist and wannabe yoga teacher!

Paula Radcliffe - ambassador for women's running

The legendary athlete is joining forces with Britain’s biggest running events series to encourage more women to take on the challenge of a Great Run this year. At the first Great North Run in 1981 only 11% of the field were women; now they make up 44% of the 240,000 people taking on a Great Run event each year. In 2015, Great Run is seeking to go even further, and has set itself the target of achieving an even 50/50 split of male/female runners across their 15 popular events in cities around the UK. 

Stephen Morrison

Formerly confined to walking aids as a child and morbidly obese, at 354lbs, in adulthood, Stephen has used walking and running to transform his life and is now a respected physical activity adviser, ambassador, blogger and try athlete. He can be followed on twitter at @howmanymiles_

Sally O'Shea

Sally O'Shea, 30, Manchester 

Sally changed her lifestyle through training for  last year's Morrisons Great Manchester Run. Her weight dropped by three and a half stone from 16 stone after she got fit and joined a gym. Sally didn't think she'd be able to complete the 10k  but she was determined to finish the course. 

Saheli Women's Group

Saheli Womens Group, Balsall Heath, Birmingham 

Last year, members of the Sheli Women's Group, a group of seventeen women from diverse cultural backgrounds went from non-runners to completing the Morrison’s Great Birmingham Run half marathon,  Some of the group struggled to walk long distnaces when they started the journey, Training together they empowered each other to conquer the challenge. They're now training for the first event Morrisons Great Birmingham 10K

Ruth Howie

Ruth Howie, 50 Crieff, Scotland 
Ruth Howie from Crieff lost ten stone in 1year, a change in diet and a commitment to regular running saw her go from 20st and inactive to completing the 2014 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run half marathon in Glasgow, in an impressive time of 1:43 at 50 years of age. 

Jonny Mellor

Jonny Mellor is Great Run Training's resident elite athlete. Having ran since the age of 14, Jonny now competes for Great Britain over track, road and cross-country and has recently won the British 10,000m Championships as well as representing Team England at the Commonwealth Games. Follow Jonny's advice on Great Run Training Facebook and Twitter.