At Consult and Design we take pride in going the extra mile for our clients, but this Sunday two of our team will be running an extra 13.1 miles at the Great North Run in the name of charity.

Lead Front-End Developer, Nathan Lawson, is tackling the UK’s biggest half marathon for the second successive year in aid of Parkinson’s UK, and has his sights set on smashing targets both on and off the course.

“My initial target was to raise £350 which thanks to people’s generosity I’ve already surpassed, but I’d love to reach as close to £500 as possible.

“The Great North Run is a celebration of everything that makes the North East so great. After running it for the first time last year, I figured that if I was going to do it again then I wanted to support a good cause in the process.

“I’m running in memory of my Nana who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s shortly before she passed away. Parkinson’s affects an estimated 127,000 people in the UK, and thanks to Parkinson’s UK, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone. They offer friendship, support, expert information and advice, as well as fund ground breaking research towards finding a cure.”

Preparing for such an event requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but training hasn’t been without its setbacks.

“Unfortunately I tore my calf in July whilst running which resulted in me missing four weeks worth of training, so I’ve only just got back out on the roads these past few weeks. Despite this I’m still aiming to set a course PB.’’

Lead Designer, Kevin Gibson, is also participating in the Great North Run for the first time to raise money for local charity, Coping with Cancer North East.

“I’m not really one for running, but back in May Nathan had hassled me so much about a throwaway comment I made about maybe doing the Sunderland City 10K I had little option but to take part. Imagine my surprise when I actually enjoyed it.

“I entered the Great North Run after seeing a local charity, Coping with Cancer North East, were looking for runners to take part.”

Coping With Cancer North East offer counselling, palliative care and other services to people suffering from cancer and their families. The services are run by volunteers and are all free of charge to users.

“Having lost my Granda to cancer earlier this year the work they do is something close to my heart, and regardless of my lack of training and many injuries I can’t think of a better reason to run.”

We’re really proud to support Nathan and Kevin, and wish them both the best of luck ahead of the Great North Run this Sunday.

To contribute to Nathan’s fundraising efforts, please visit his JustGiving page:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nathan-lawson

To contribute to Kevin’s fundraising efforts, please visit his JustGiving page:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kgibs

Adam Hill

Adam Hill

Operations Director

Adam has been working in the tech sector for almost 20 years and has managed many large-scale web development projects. Adam doesn't shut up about Drupal and travels the world to talk about it.

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