The Hexham store has raised £1,450 for charity through sponsorship for the Great North Run.

Store director Pauline Wellstead and colleague Emily Cruise completed the run on Sunday, 9 September, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Guide Dogs. The race took place between Newcastle and South Shields, covering a total distance of 13.1 miles.

A humbling experience

Pauline said: ‘This was a great opportunity for myself and Emily to get involved with our chosen charities and challenge ourselves.

Although we are both regular runners, we had to up our game over the summer months to be race fit on the day. This is the fourth Great North Run I have completed to date, and I am proud to say I set my new personal best time.

‘It was a humbling experience to be one of 57,000 runners, all running for so many worthy causes. The weather on the day held out and the atmosphere was buzzing. The Great North Run is a great opportunity for everyone of all ages and experience levels to get involved.’

Giving something back

Emily Cruise said: ‘I am proud of what we have achieved, and I hope that next year we can get more of the team at Specsavers involved. I have caught the bug and am already planning for next year’s race.’

Pauline chose to run for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity. Having personal experience of the vital work which they do, she was delighted to have an opportunity to give something back to them.

Emily's chosen charity was Guide Dogs.

Emily said: ‘Working for Specsavers makes us acutely aware of how important our eyesight is and how we take it for granted. Guide Dogs makes such a huge difference to the daily lives of those affected by impaired sight.

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