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Fundraisers' great feat for youngsters; Running up cash for our Sunshine Fund.

Byline: SARAH SCOTT

DECKED out in their Sunshine Fund best, runners took to the city's Quayside to raise money for a good cause.

Once again, more than 200 runners lined up at the starting point on Newcastle's Quayside for the 10th Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund Run.

Supporters of the charity, which helps families with disabled children, donned their running shoes for the 5km jog, walk or run along the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides.

Mum-of-three Claire Bennett, of Ryton in Gateshead, was doing the run because the charity had helped provide her nine-year-old son Andrew with a specialist bike.

Claire, 26, who ran with her best friend Lisa Crane, said: "I just wanted to give something back after my son, who has cerebral palsy, was given a bike by them.

"I hadn't heard of the run before so thought I would give it a go."

The event was started last night by the Sunshine Fund VIP patron and double Paralympic champion Stephen Miller. It was then compered by Sarah Graham and Kelly Scott from Real Radio, who both said they were delighted to support such a good cause.

Angela Jepson, fundraiser and event organiser for the Sunshine Fund, said: "We would like to thank our event sponsors ITPS and Cellular Solutions for their continued support, along with the local companies who entered teams and all individual participants who contributed to such a fantastic event.

"The Sunshine Run 2012 proved to be a great occasion and we hope to have raised a significant amount of money which will be used to support children with disabilities in the North East."

& To see more pictures from yesterday's Sunshine Run, visit: www.chroniclelive.co.uk

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PACING THEMSELVES Left, runners on the Millennium Bridge; right, Chris McConvill and son Taylor WARM-UP Aerobics fun on the Quayside BEST FEET FORWARD Left, cheering on the runners; right, on the run CHAMPION Race starter Stephen Miller CHEERING THEM ON Runners from the Newcastle Bridges School READY, STEADY, GO! Runners prepare to run along the city's Quayside to raise money for The Evening Chronicle's Sunshine Fund
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2012
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