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Port of Tyne sponsors employees running in the Great North Run12 Sep 2011

The Port of Tyne is showing support for its staff as well as the community by pledging sponsorship to several members of staff taking part in the Great North Run. Nine Port of Tyne employees will take on the challenge of the half marathon race on the 18th September, running in the name of various charities and the Port of Tyne has promised to contribute £100 for each participating employee's chosen charity.


Port of Tyne's offer of £100 sponsorship was available to all Port of Tyne workers, and Ian Blake, Kevin Emmett, Jim Barker, Paul Johnson, Stephen Goodwin, Trevor Towns, Michael Pearce, Richard Mackay and Kris Reburn all opted to compete in the Great North Run, running on behalf of a number of worthwhile causes, which look to significantly benefit from the Port of Tyne team's involvement. The Port of Tyne runners represent many of the jobs going on at the port, with an IT manager, security officers, fitters, a senior traffic co-ordinator, an electrician, a stock checker and the head of infrastructure development all competing.

Geoff Gillon, Director of Human Resources said, "Port of Tyne encourages our employees to volunteer, and many of them raise funds for charity throughout the year. I completed the run myself twenty years ago, and know what an achievement it is, so we are delighted to give our support to so many staff and wish them well with their run."

Ian Blake, who is running on behalf of the Grace House Hospice Appeal, admits although he has run a few road races in the past, he has maybe not done as much training as he should have in preparation for the run. He has considerable personal motivation to raise as much money as possible for his chosen charity, as Grace, who lent her name to the hospice, is the niece of one of his closest friends.

Also running for a personal cause is Michael Pearce, who is running for the mental health charity MIND, in memory of his mother. Kevin Emmett is returning to the Great North Run after a long break since doing the first two almost 30 years ago, he will run on behalf of Cancer Research. While this year's Great North Run will mark Jim Barker's thirty-first half marathon. He is running on behalf of Cancer UK, a cause close to his heart, having seen those close to him suffer the disease.

Other charities being represented by the Port of Tyne team include Cash for Kids, which seeks to support sick and underprivileged children in the community, the Samaritans, who look to improve people's emotional health, St Luke's hospice, which cares for people with incurable illnesses and the

Lymphoma Society, which is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to tackling blood cancer.

The team will take on the thirteen mile Great North Run, widely recognised as the world's most popular half marathon road running event, which sees runners tackle a course that spans from Newcastle-Gateshead over the River Tyne and ending in South Shields.

For further information please contact:
Lisa Donohoe, Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: 0191 455 2671 Mobile: 07912390777 Email:

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