A Great North Helper!


Sunday Sun - - News - By Ian Rob­son Reporter Ian.rob­son@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SHE’S the lit­tle ray of light who proved a life­line to hun­dreds of run­ners at this year’s Great North Run.

Meet lit­tle Is­abel Mars­den, who we think was the youngest per­son to hand out re­fresh­ments at this year’s race.

Th The fi five-year-oldld h handedd d outt wa­ter and orange seg­ments to run­ners as they passed her van­tage point last Sun­day.

She had told dad Neil she wanted to do some­thing for par­tic­i­pants in the half-marathon – and told him ex­actly what she had in mind.

So fa­ther and daugh­ter bought bot­tles of wa­ter and cut some or­anges into seg­ments to help out thirsty run­ners as they ran by.

She even tried to give some to Is­abel Mars­den was there with wa­ter and orange seg­ments win­neri MoM FarahF h butb t h he was un­ablebl to break his stride.

Proud Neil said: “It was Is­abel’s idea.

“She wanted to give out re­fresh­ments to the run­ners so I took her out on Friday and bought packs of wa­ter and or­anges which we chopped up.

“She stood and give them out all the way through the run and it went down a storm.”

It all started last year when Is­abel was watch­ing the run­ners pass by, saw that some peo­ple were hand­ing out wa­ter, and de­cided that next time she was go­ing to help.

So this year, in­stead of just watch­ing, she did ex­actly that.

Is­abel was po­si­tioned at an area at the Felling by­pass with Neil and grand­par­ents Neil and Julie for the whole du­ra­tion of the race.

Dad Neil, of Wash­ing­ton, said: “She had a great time and was help­ing peo­ple as well.

“She gave wa­ter and or­anges to about 100 peo­ple through the course of the day.

“She tried to give to Mo Farah but he didn’t want to stop.

“We put her day on Face­book and there was loads of in­ter­est.”

Mean­while, Is­abel is al­ready get­ting her fam­ily or­gan­ised for next year’s Great North Run.

Neil said: “Is­abel has al­ready had her mum go on­line and sign her up for the Ju­nior Great North Run next year.”

Is­abel Mars­den was on hand for GNR to quench run­ners’ thirsts

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