Why we’re cheering Lisa’s marathon effort for MS Society
There was much to celebrate this week after our plucky paralegal was among the 43,127 people who completed the iconic 2017 Great North Run.
Footsore Lisa Stephenson crossed the half marathon’s finish line in a very respectable two hours, 39 minutes and 46 seconds – just 20 minutes slower than her last challenge in 2012 and with less training.
She was raising money for the MS Society, a community of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers. It supports those with MS, their families and carers and is driving innovative research to find more – and better – treatments for everyone.
Says Lisa, who works for our children’s team: “It was a truly amazing day – the people of my native North East did not let me down with their support during the run and the handing out of those all-important jelly babies and sugary treats to keep you going.
“The MS Society team who were set up at around the 8.5 mile mark were brilliant, giving me a huge cheer as I went past. That last mile along the front although beautiful seems to take forever, you can see the finish line and it seems never to get closer for a long time!”
The Great North Run is the world’s largest half marathon and is held every September, when participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. While Mo Farah grabbed the headlines, the day belonged to the amateur athletes who travelled from far and wide to boost good causes.
Adds Lisa: “Would I do it again? Yes I would, it is the world’s favourite half marathon and even though you are tired and sore afterwards it is so worth it. I have managed to raise a fabulous amount to help MS Society continue its fantastic work with money still to come in.”
You can help Lisa raise money for this great cause by donating directly to: https://www.justgiving.com/Lisa-Stephenson9?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Lisa-Stephenson9&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=Ap9eBaynn.
JustGiving sends donations straight to Multiple Sclerosis Society and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. Thank you for your support!
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