A Great North Helper!
ISABEL, 5, ON HAND WITH WATER
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