Runners from Northumbrian Water will be tapping into the generosity of colleagues, family and friends when they pound the streets of Tyneside in this year’s Great North Run.
Twelve runners from the North East utility company will be part of a 100-strong team raising funds for Northumbrian Water’s adopted international charity, WaterAid. Last year the runners raised more than £40,000 for the charity and are on track to match that figure this year.
Among them on September 15 will be Ivan Jepson, 44, from Hexham, and Brian McVeigh, 33, from Stocksfield. The pair will tackle the world famous half marathon wearing 6ft tap costumes to highlight WaterAid’s work to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Ivan said: “I was all set to run in last year’s event, but a mix-up over my entry meant I ended up running the Kielder Marathon over twice the Great North Run distance the following month instead. I’ve made sure I have an entry number this year and I’m really looking forward to a great day and to raising money for such a fantastic cause.”
Brian, who is doing the Great North Run for WaterAid for the fourth time, added: “It’s always a brilliant event to be part of, and knowing that we will be helping people who live in appalling conditions have a better life makes it even more worthwhile.”
The rest of the WaterAid Northumbria team are Colin Watts, Mark Dunseith, Andrew Blakemore, David Bruce, Tom Brownson, Kevin Tucker, Steven Cain, Roisin Fowley, Chris Johns and Saad Albodier.
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international charity works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region. Since 1981, it has reached 19.2 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 15.1 million people with sanitation.
For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraidUK on Twitter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid
For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.
• Around 2,000 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation
• More than 750 million people in the world live without safe water - this is roughly one eighth of the world′s population
• 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world′s population
• For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity
• Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation