great north run 2014 for tiny lives

A soggy end to the 2013 Great North Run

A couple of years ago I completed my first half marathon when I took part in the 2013 Great North Run in aid of Tommy’s. Fortunately I had the capable legs and endless encouragement of my husband Andy to help me get to the end of the 13.1 miles, which we finished in 2hrs 7mins, and then queued in the rain for about that long to get the Metro back to Newcastle.

Despite not being able to run again properly for about four months afterwards, the fact that the whole thing was just an amazing experience was enough to make me want to do it again in 2014, so we both did – although this time we ran separately to both try and get our best times by ourselves. For me, that meant attempting to get across that finish line in under 2 hours. For Andy, that meant getting back to the charity tents for a sit down and some lunch while he waited for me to lumber back.

GNR family
Proudly showing off our medals in the Tiny Lives tent

In the end, a devilishly warm late summer day meant that both of us got a good sweat on and came in a shade under our PBs – Andy in 1hr 45 and me in 2hr 12. To be honest, I was just glad to get across the line in one piece as the knee injuries I had struggled with in training did not take kindly to a few extra miles than they were used to.

We were happy to support Tiny Lives, the charity which provides vital funds for the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI in Newcastle, the hospital where our son Joe was born. We raised £500 for them in a charity auction in December 2013, and we ended up with a grand total including run sponsorship of around £750. Joe did his bit by taking part in the Mini Great North Run too, winning his first ever race medal for his 1.5k round the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside.

We were very lucky to have six amazing sponsors in the form of local North East businesses to generously bolster our fundraising. Our lovely Team Hicken sponsors were:

Aurora Cycles

Cycle spares, repairs and servicing in and around Tyneside | @AuroraCycles

Allendale Brewery

Northumberland based real ale brewery | @AllendaleAle

Mmm… and Glug…

Food and drink heaven in Newcastle’s Grainger Market | @mmm_newcastle

Paul Race Decorating

Quality service in all aspects of painting and decorating – and a big Tiny Lives supporter! | @PaulRace

Lazy Daisy Birth & Baby

Antenatal and baby classes in Co. Durham & Sunderland run by Rebecca Talbot | @DaisyBirth_Reb |

Olive and Bean

Sandwich bar, cafe and deli in the heart of Newcastle


Each donation made to Tiny Lives will help provide vital extra equipment and services to support the Special Care Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the RVI. Thank you.

tiny lives logoTo find out more about the work of Tiny Lives and why your support is so important, please watch this short film about the charity and some of the little people they help.



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