Tyne Rivers Trust 2017
This year staff and friends of Tyne Rivers Trust are raising money through local events to enable the Trust to continue conserving and restoring the river Tyne.
Three members of staff are competing in the Kielder marathon and one trustee and his family are competing in the Allendale Challenge.
The Trust works with local people to improve water quality, restore river habitats and promote the whole Tyne catchment.
I recently joined the Trust and am enjoying contributing to the conservation and restoration of this beautiful part of the world. I have been a keen runner for more than five years and entered several smaller (and shorter!) races than the Kielder Marathon in the past. I am excited about taking on the challenge of the Kielder Marathon, and am glad that any money that I raise while doing so will contribute to such a valuable cause.
I started running to train for the Great North Run in 2013 but fell ill shortly afterwards. Whilst recovering I joined a running club to help inspire and support me. My illness brought home to me how short life is so I’m determined to run a marathon!
I see first-hand what a fantastic charity the Trust is and I am in awe of all the hard work our volunteers put into helping us. I want to fundraise for the Trust myself as it’s important that we can continue with our work to protect the Tyne and its tributaries.
There was a time about 30 years ago that with a little training I could have danced around the Kielder Marathon, but I am slightly embarrassed to admit my running shoes have never been out of the cupboard for any of those 30 years. My challenge is not just about getting round the course but I will need to give up smoking and go through some considerable physical pain during months the months of training I am going to need.
Until I joined the Trust last year as Interim Director I did not know much about what a Rivers Trust did, but I certainly do now. River's Trusts do a huge amount of work over a vast area, and pound for pound are extremely good value for money. Donations that support our work are important to the Trust which is why I want to do my bit and help raise as much as we can.
My family and I are doing the Allendale Challenge, a course over the south Northumberland fells that covers 25 miles of rough terrain. I will be walking itwith my wife, whereas my two sons will be attempting to run the course. We will see who finishes! We are hoping to raise money to support the fund-raising activities of the Trust this year, and to help it expand its activities throughout the catchment.