5-year-old Catherine and 3-year-old Emma Robinson from Ponteland are taking part in this year’s AJ Bell Mini Great North Run to raise money for local children’s charity, Heel and Toe.
Emma, who was born with cerebral palsy, has been receiving support from the charity for almost two years. Mum, Jessica, is immensely grateful to them, both for the comprehensive care that they provide and the remarkable kindness they do it with.
“The staff are truly amazing. They are skilled at their jobs and the therapies they provide but they are unmatched in the warm and caring way they treat each child.
“Everyone has taken the time to get to know Emma, but they have also taken the time to get to know her big sister Catherine, as well and more recently the new addition of baby sister Camilla.”
The AJ Bell Mini Great North Run is the first time that the sisters will take on their own event, but they have a wealth of running experience in the family. Both their dad and uncle have raised money for Heel and Toe, by competing in the London Triathlon and Kielder Marathon.
Emma has been practicing using her walker in order to reach her goal for the day: walking over the finish line, whilst holding hands with Catherine. Mum, Jessica knows how excited they are to reach that goal.
“They are both very excited about running over the Millennium bridge and crossing the finishing line together, with Daddy and baby sister eagerly waiting to take pictures.”
The girls have been going for short runs together to prepare and Emma has loved the thrill of being able to speed along with her mum and sister, in a running buggy. On the day, Catherine intends to push the buggy for parts of the course, and mum, Jessica, will help out for parts too.
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