Fam­ily tackle Great North Run to­gether

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Me­gan Cox me­gan.cox@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A SHEP­SHED phys­io­ther­a­pist and seven fam­ily mem­bers, whose ages range from 27 to 63, tack­led the Great North Run at the week­end in mem­ory of their rel­a­tive.

For the third year in a row Holly Fries­ner has taken on the half marathon, which sees fit­ness en­thu­si­asts run be­tween New­cas­tle upon Tyne and South Shields, and she set a new per­sonal best, com­plet­ing the course in one hour 52 min­utes.

But this year, Holly, (29), a phys­io­ther­a­pist at Lough­bor­ough Hos­pi­tal, did not run alone.

The run­ner was joined by her dad, older sis­ter, aunt, three cousins and one of their wives.

The group came to­gether to raise funds for the New­castle­based St Oswald’s Hospice in mem­ory of Holly’s un­cle.

Holly told the Echo her dad came out of “run­ning re­tire­ment” to take part in the half marathon hav­ing sprinted the in­au­gu­ral event in 1981 and nu­mer­ous fol­low­ing this.

But not ev­ery­one in the group had as much run­ning ex­pe­ri­ence.

Holly said: “I’m a run­ner but one of my cousins and aun­tie are not run­ners at all! They’ve gone from noth­ing to a half marathon.

“Joy, my sis­ter, did it in two hours, David, my dad, two hours 13 min­utes, Ali and Alex, my cousin and his wife, two hours 17 min­utes, An­drea, my cousin, two hours 51 min­utes and Bar­bara and Sarah, my aun­tie and cousin, in four hours.

“The Great North Run is the best half marathon, prob­a­bly in the world. The sup­port all the way round is great. It’s a re­ally good event.

“This fam­ily ef­fort shows that it doesn’t mat­ter what your start­ing point is, if you set your goals, you can achieve great things.”

And if run­ning the 13.1-mile course wasn’t enough, Holly is also to run the Not­ting­ham Marathon - her first ev­ery marathon - on Septem­ber 24.

Holly and her fam­ily hope to raise £1,800 for St Oswald’s Hospice.

Their Just­Giv­ing page can be found at www.just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/fries­ner-car­rfam­i­lygnr

Pic­tured, from left to right, are Sarah Clark, Holly Fries­ner, Bar­bara Clark, David Fries­ner, An­drea Carr-MacDon­ald, Ali Carr, Alex Carr and Joy Fries­ner.

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