"Hi my name is Sarah and together with Nicola I lead the TGCR Great Park group.
I started running in 2015 to help with training for my first Great North Run. At the time I was really struggling to run for more than 10 minutes on my own. A work colleague had recently joined a social running group local to her home and told me she loved running with a group so I looked for one in my local area. I contacted Active Newcastle who were setting up a new group. I was quite nervous heading along to my first group but that soon disappeared when I arrived and everyone was really friendly and not the wannabe professional athletes I had imagined!!!! Everyone was new to running and each had their own reasons for joining the group. In 2016 I was asked to attend the run leader course and have led a weekly group for Active Newcastle since. In 2017 I joined the Wallsend These Girls Can Run group as I felt I needed to run more and really needed some support to train for the Great North Run. The group is amazing and everyone is really supportive of each other. I have always exercised in fits and starts until joining a running group and now I look forward to running even in the middle of winter. In 2017 I ran the Great North Run for the third time!"