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Gill Johnson is Running The Great North Run

Article Date: 01-08-2019

At Estio Healthcare, our support workers, nurses and carers are dedicated, selfless and compassionate people. On a daily basis they dedicate their time to people who really benefit from their professionalism and value their incredible efforts. It’s for this reason that when we see our staff going the extra mile (pun intended) we feel especially proud to call them an Estio Healthcare team member.

Gill Johnson is an outstanding Support Worker and has gone above and beyond to help even more people outside of working hours. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Gill for a quick chat about the amazing fundraising work she’s been doing during The Great North Run.

What is The Great North Run?

“The Great North Run is a 13.1 mile journey from Newcastle's city centre to the coast in South Shields. From the very beginning this event has been a celebration of what makes the North East great; thousands of supporters lining the course, hundreds of volunteers helping you along the way and runners like you, from around the UK who embody dedication and determination whatever your reason for running.” – The Great North Run Website

To take part in the half marathon you’ll need to be at least seventeen years old and pay an entry fee of £56.

Gill’s Story

When I caught up with Gill I asked her a series of short questions just to get a sense of why she’s running and what her advice would be to others on their first marathon.

What’s your motivation for joining in on marathons?

“My main motivation for running is helping raise money for the ‘GetKidsGoing!’ charity as I believe every kid deserves a chance – plus it keeps me healthy.”

What do you like most about The Great North Run?

“What I like most about The Great North Run is that incredible atmosphere on the day. From start to finish there are crowds of people lining the roads and cheering on all the runners. I feel incredibly proud to be part of the world’s biggest half marathons.”

What would you say to somebody who wants to go on a marathon, but hasn’t yet?

“My advice would be to just do it! Get involved in a local running club or start training with a friend. You’ll be so glad you did.”

Here are Gill’s top tips for a ‘great’ Great North Run:

  • Plenty of exercise
  • Stretching off after runs
  • Relaxing baths
  • Plenty of rest
  • Drinking plenty water
  • Always have a vision of that finish line

I think it’s safe to say we’re all supporting Gill on her half marathon and any that she does in the future. If you'd like to support her you can donate to her just giving page below. Will we see you on the track next?


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