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Paul Brown

Great North Run

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I'm 34 years old, 16 (and a bit) stone, and somehow I've managed to complete the last four Great North Runs.[/p][p]I was absolutely ADAMANT that 2017 would be my final crack at it. 'This is the last hurrah for my knackered knees', I relentlessly chirruped, and you all rolled your eyes, thinking, 'Aye, right, I bet he asks us for money as usual again next year'. [/p][p]Well, you were right, I can't stop myself having another go. I'm often asked 'how long will you keep going', and the answer has always been 'as long as my knees let me'. Trouble is, it's hard to tell whether my knees are still letting me or if I'm just not listening to this rusty, knobbly old gits. So I'm going to just keep going in spite of the pain and the chafing.[/p][p]And of course, I get a lot out of the Great North Run. Not only is it a magical day, but it provides some great focus over the summer to keep some vague semblance of fitness ticking over. I can't ride a bike or swim properly, so what else will I do?! You know what gives me the biggest buzz, though? Finishing a training run, tweeting a pained, sweaty selfie and getting that email saying some kind person has sponsored me again. [/p][p]It won't be fast, it won't be pretty, but I'll get over that finishing line as I always do, breaking my plodding stride to give my daughters and wife a cuddle on the Felling Bypass[/p][p]As you may be aware, I always do this for a charity and this year is no different. My choice this year is Smile For Life, a wonderful North-East based organisation who do some incredible work for children in the region. (You may recall my old record label Tiny Lights released the festive compilation Silent Night, Tiny Lights' in aid of Smile for Life in 2012, so doing some more work with these lovely folks is long overdue). [/p][p]So please, dig deep, and bear with me constantly banging on about how much my knees are hurting. Your kindness is appreciated enormously by me and more to the point, the children Smile For Life work with. [/p]

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2018 Simplyhealth Great North Run

2018 Simplyhealth Great North Run

09 Sep 2018


Smile For Life Children's Charity

Smile For Life Children's Charity




Good luck you crazy kid!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Kerry Jones

Good luck Paul!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Lesley Vitty

Just love your determination! Good luck! X

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid



Good luck Paul! See you at the finish line for a well earned pint!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid



Good luck buddy!!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid



All the best Paul! You’ve got this!

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Karen W

Good luck!! See you at the finishline!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid



It does my heart good to see you training for GNR again Paul, and for yet another good cause. Fantastic! Good luck to you and your knees!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Leigh c

Enjoy mate, great charity!!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid