The Children’s Cancer Run came from very small beginnings over 30 years ago. It started through Kings School in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear in order to raise money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research fund, as at the time, one of their pupils was suffering from cancer of the kidney.
This initial idea blossomed, slowly at first… the first run only had a couple of hundred people from Kings School.
A volunteer committee was set up to manage the organisation of the run, and today, many of the original members are still volunteering their services. Particularly satisfying and completing a ‘circle’ is the fact that Chris Peacock, the pupil at Kings school who had cancer of the kidney and who inspired pupils and staff to raise money in the first ‘sponsored’ run, is now also chairman of the committee.
2019 was the first year that the Children’s Cancer Run was brought to the North West. Over 800 runners joined us in Bitts Park on a pretty wet and muddy morning in September. We are looking forward to making the 2022 run even bigger and better, and keeping our fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine!