Great North Run

Lawyers join the masses at the 2016 Great North Run in support of the RVI


Another year, another fantastic turn out at the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run.

This year, we were immensely proud to cheer on two of our lawyers who were each running in support of the RVI hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne and who, between them, have now completed 11 Great North Runs and notched up nearly 145 miles for charity!

For Commercial Property solicitor, Giles McCourt, this was his 6th consecutive year of tackling the 13.1 mile route and he used the opportunity to raise awareness for Tiny Lives, a charity that supports premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at the RVI.

Commenting on the charity, Giles said: “Having experienced first hand the incredible work carried out by Tiny Lives and everyone on the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI, this will always be a charity very close to my heart.  The difference they make to people going through unimaginable situations really cannot be overstated.  Running 13.1 miles is nothing compared to what the staff on Ward 35 do every day – they probably cover twice that distance in a single shift!”

Trainee Solicitor, Adam Chaffer, who is also closely connected to the RVI through his position on the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Board of Governors, chose to make a donation to the Great North Children’s Hospital following the completion of his 5th consecutive Great North Run on Sunday. 

Speaking after the run, Adam said: “I’ve done the Great North Run for five years running now and, somehow, have managed to run it a little bit slower each time...quite a unique achievement, I think!  But it is a phenomenal experience and I will return again next year to try and reverse the trend.  Well done to everyone who took part – it’s always great to see so many fantastic charities represented.”

Giles and Adam have both given themselves a target of 10 Great North Runs in a row, so watch this space for next year’s effort!

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