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Liz Gandy

Virtual Great North Run on Crutches

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]For those who don’t know me personally, I have cerebral palsy and walk on crutches. I live in Newton Hall, Durham and have always had an ambition to do the Great North Run but I would never be able to walk far enough or fast enough to make the distance in one day![/p][p]During the lockdown, my daily exercise is now to walk from my house to the top of the road, a distance of about 0.5 km. I have decided to turn this into a challenge to help raise funds for the NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. The challenge will be to attempt a “Virtual Great North Run” by covering a half-marathon distance of 21 km (13.1 miles) between now and the end of June (allowing for some lost days if it rains and the pavements are too slippy for my crutches). I will keep track of the distance using the Strava mobile app and track my progress each week against a map of the real Great North Run route. Links to progress reports will be posted below.[/p][p]Thank you for your support in showing appreciation for the NHS Carers who are doing so much to help save lives in such challenging times.[/p][p]Liz.[/p][p][i]This challenge will be carried out in accordance with current government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.[/i][/p][p][b]Progress Reports and Links[/b][/p][p]Week 1 Update (20/04/20): [url=https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3331074990255817]https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3331074990255817[/url][/p][p]Video Update Day 14 (27/04/20): [url=https://youtu.be/5j2fc2u5KUI]https://youtu.be/5j2fc2u5KUI[/url][/p][p]Week 2 Update (27/04/20): [url=https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3349897111706938]https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3349897111706938[/url][/p][p]University of Sunderland News Article: [url=https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/more/news/story/lizs-42-day-great-north-run-challenge-1289]https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/more/news/story/lizs-42-day-great-north-run-challenge-1289[/url][/p][p]BBC Newcastle Radio Interview - Mid-morning Show with Anna Foster (02/05/20). Can be found at 1:47:00 from start of programme: [url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08b50rv]https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08b50rv[/url][/p][p]Week 3 Update (04/05/20): [url=https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3368094836553832]https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3368094836553832[/url][/p][p]Week 4 Update (11/05/20): [url=https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3386434394719876]https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3386434394719876[/url][/p][p]Join me on a "virtual" final 500m walk over the finish line at 6pm on Friday 15th May: [url=https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3394724227224226]https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3394724227224226[/url][/p][p]Challenge Complete (15/05/20): [url=https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3397255526971096]https://www.facebook.com/liz.gandy.5/posts/3397255526971096[/url][/p][p][br][/p]
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Jun 11, 2020

Jean B


May 30, 2020


You've been an amazing lecturer. Good luck

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 23, 2020

Elaine J

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 21, 2020

Ian. Anita

Well done Liz 👏👏 we’ve seen you pass by and admire what you’re doing. Thank you. Ian & Anita xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 17, 2020



May 16, 2020

Paul M

A little top-up to celebrate completing the final lap. Well done Liz! 👏😊


May 15, 2020

Tara at Taraco Stud

Congratulations Liz - you are an inspirational person and it doesn’t surprise me that you completed your great north run. Stay safe and stay smiling. Tara x


May 15, 2020

Jacks family and other neighbours


May 15, 2020

Helen Reed

Well done Liz - amazing!

May 15, 2020


Well done Liz!

£13.00 plus £3.25 Gift Aid