A NURSE specialising in joints, muscles and bones did not have to think twice about choosing the cause for which she is running the Great North Run.
Hayley Burnham, a rheumatology clinical nurse specialist at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, will run this year’s Bupa Great North Run in aid of Arthritis Research UK.
She will form part of the charity’s Team A, which has spare places for runners despite official entries for the race being closed.
This will be the first time Hayley, 27, who lives in Seaton Carew, has taken part in the half-marathon, which takes place on September 18 from Newcastle to South Shields and will attract up to 54,000 runners from around the world.
Hayley is urging others to snap up the chance to take a running place at the event and make a real difference by raising funds to fight against arthritis, the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK affecting more than 10 million people of all ages.
Hayley will be taking part as she enjoys a running challenge that makes her push the boundaries.
She said: “I have chosen to run for Arthritis Research UK because my role as a rheumatology clinical nurse specialist has given me first-hand experience of arthritis and it is a cause very close to my heart because of my work.
“I’m very aware how disruptive and painful this condition is.
“Rheumatologists rely heavily upon research into treatments and patient comfort and have a lot to thank Arthritis Research UK for.”
Anyone wishing to sign up for Team A is urged to call the charity’s events team on (01246) 541108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for entries to the team is this Friday.
If you would like to sponsor Hayley visit www.justgiving.com/Hayley-Burnham
For more information on Arthritis Research UK visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org.