Great North Run for SITraN

Sally Hall taking on the Great North Run

We’re extremely grateful to Sally Hall, a friend of the University, who ran the Great North Run on 9 September 2018 in memory of her Mum and in support of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research at SITraN.

Sally sadly lost her Mum to MND in 2010, the same year that the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened its doors. As a result of this, Sally has become a passionate advocate for MND research at SITraN. SITraN is one of the world’s leading centres for research into MND, a fatal disease that causes muscle weakness, loss of mobility and difficulties with speaking, swallowing and breathing. Sally’s friends and family were greatly affected by her Mum’s decline, in particular by her loss of speech and mobility. Sally was eager to fundraise for SITraN to support their continued efforts in the fight against MND. 

Sally with her Mum, by the Tyne Bridge Sally and the sign she wore through the run

Over 40,000 runners took part in this year’s Great North Run, an annual Half Marathon that has been going for 37 years. The route took runners through Newcastle’s city centre, across the Tyne Bridge, through Gateshead and finished along the coast in South Shields. Throughout the route runners could catch glimpses of the Red Arrows, running bands and thousands of supporters who lined the streets.

Sally designed her own t-shirt for the run using the SITraN logo, and she managed to finish the Half Marathon in under 2 and a half hours, an impressive feat.

Sally gave herself a fundraising target of £2,000, which she has exceeded raising over £2,500. This will go towards vital neurodegenerative disease research at SITraN.

Donations can still be made to Sally’s Just Giving Page.

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