Run the race and support a worthy cause

Last year's team of Great North runners for the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund.
Last year's team of Great North runners for the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund.

People still have time to run one of the world’s most famous half marathons on behalf of a Tees Valley cause.

The Jo and Mya Memorial Fund, which was founded and is run by Ian Richardson, has filled all of its 35 places in this year’s Great North Run.

But Ian would still love to hear from people who have a place in the 13-mile race but have not chosen a charity to support yet.

He said: “The charity has raised around £100,000 so far and people can support us by setting up a Just Giving page and choosing our charity.”

Ian’s world was devastated when his wife Joanne, 40, and daughter Mya, six, died in August 2010.

After the accident, he founded a charity in Jo and Mya’s memory – called the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund.

Ian and his daughter Ava survived the accident.

The charity’s aim is to support children who have lost loved ones.

It has raised money in various ways including a tattoo convention which has now become an annual attraction, a charity football match with local players competing against celebrities, and a popular trek to the top of Roseberry Topping.

Other events have included a night of darts which attracted international stars Eric Bristow and John 
Lowe.