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Going for gold: Melissa's Great North Run raises funds for Roundabout

Our Communications & Marketing Co-ordinator Melissa Walsh took on the World’s biggest half marathon this month to raise money for Roundabout, Sheffield’s youth homeless prevention charity.

Starting in Newcastle and ending 13.1 miles away in South Shields, the Great North Run draws huge crowds, with over 57,000 runners participating in the 39th event this year. Melissa completed the run in a fantastic time of 2 hours 20 mins, raising over £800 for Roundabout – an amazing result. Melissa said: “Training for the GNR has been a huge challenge for me, but I’m incredibly pleased that sheer determination and stubbornness saw me through to the finish line in South Shields – I’ve never been so pleased to see the sea! I’m really happy the funds raised will go to making a difference in the local community by supporting Roundabout’s valuable work.”

“Melissa is doing a number of challenges throughout September for worthy causes – we would like to thank her for her passion and enthusiasm, and her amazing support of Roundabout, South Yorkshire’s Youth Homeless Charity. The Great North Run is a challenging event and we congratulate Melissa on her fantastic time of 2 hours 20 minutes and for raising an incredible £800 in sponsorship, all of which will go towards providing emotional and practical support to local young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Well done Melissa!”

Helen Mower, Head of Fundraising and Communications, Roundabout