Dispensing manager of Specsavers in Bishop's Stortford, Tina Clarke, ran the full 13.1 miles of the Great North Run on Sunday 10 September to raise money for the charity Guide Dogs.

The local Bishop's Stortford resident completed the famous Newcastle half-marathon in three hours and six minutes, after having a false start from twisting her knee in rainy conditions before the starter pistol.

Tina raised more than £500 for the charity through sponsorship from the local Specsavers store and via her online sponsorship page.

‘I’ll definitely be doing it again’

Tina, who has worked at Specsavers for over eight years, said: ‘This was my second time running the Great North Run. It’s a hard race to get through, but I love the moment when you run down towards the coast and you see the sea. It’s a great view and it also means you’re nearly at the finish line. I’ll definitely be doing it again next year.’

She continued: ‘I chose Guide Dogs because they’re a great charity. The dogs themselves go through a lot of training and the positive impact they have on their companions’ lives is amazing.’

Thousands raised

Specsavers in Bishop's Stortford has helped raise thousands of pounds for local and national charities this year through various activities, including bike rides, races and in-store collections.

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