‘Great’ challenge for runner Christine

Marathon runner Christine Morgan.
Marathon runner Christine Morgan.
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A COUNCIL worker who only took up running earlier this year is getting ready for the challenge of a lifetime this month.

Christine Morgan, who works in Member Services at South Holland District Council, will be among thousands of runners – including Olympic gold medal winner Mo Farah and Ethiopian distance legend Haile Gebrsellassie – to take part in the Great North Run on Sunday, September 16.

The event is a 13.1 mile half-marathon from Newcastle-upon Tyne to South Shields and it’s not just the distance that can prove challenging.

Christine (41), of Holbeach, said: “There will be some climbs during the route, which is a big difference to the flat landscape we are used to here in South Holland.”

But Christine’s pain will be a gain for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, which is close to her heart.

She said: “The main reason I decided to do the run was because a friend of mine Sylvie died of cancer last year, and over the years I’ve had family and friends who have had to deal with this dreadful disease.

“Everyone is affected by cancer in some shape or form, whether you yourself have had to fight it or know someone else who has.”

Christine friend’s husband Barry Coombs (59), of Sutton St Edmund, will also do the run, although he will be forced to walk after picking up an injury during training.

To sponsor Christine, go to www.justgiving.com/Christine-MorganGNR2012.