HEALTH chiefs have praised the one millionth runner to complete the Great North Run who works for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
Tracey Cramond has spoken of her disbelief after it was confirmed she was the milestone runner in the world famous 13-mile event, which has been run since 1981.
Gobsmacked Ms Cramond works as a contract support officer for the Trust, which runs both the University Hospital of Hartlepool, in Holdforth Road and the University Hospital of North Tees.
She is a regular runner of the Great North Run and was given a unique finishers medal by Lord Sebastian Coe and a special pair of gold trainers by race sponsor, Puma, in recognition of being the landmark millionth runner.
Speaking afterwards, Ms Cramond, 51, said: “When I first crossed the line I had no idea it was going to be me. There was a group of us finished together and then we were just mobbed.
“It’s been absolutely manic since then and I certainly have some sympathy now for the celebrities and elite runners for everything they go through.
“You feel shell shocked but you probably feel that after the race anyway.
“I’m still shocked and can’t quite believe what’s happened. It’s a special race because it touches many people both locally and across the globe,” added Ms Cramond who lives in Darlington and was running the race for Butterwick Hospice in memory of her late mother.
Ms Cramond works for the Trust from the North Tees site, in Stockton.
A Trust spokesperson said: “Congratulations to our staff member, contract support officer Tracey Cramond, who was the one millionth runner to finish the Great North Run on Sunday.
“Congratulations to all of our staff who took part.”
People can still sponsor Tracey Cramond on her JustGiving page by following the link https://www.justgiving.com/Tracey-Cramond3/