On 9 September 2018, over 100 of Rebecca’s friends and family travelled to Newcastle to take part in the world’s biggest half-marathon, the SimplyHealth Great North Run, for the Foundation.
Among the runners was Government Minister Alistair Burt MP and a number of Becky's HMG colleagues who have all been left inspired by her work and share her ambition for a kinder and safer world, including one colleague who travelled all the way from Lebanon. Also running was Rebecca’s mother and cousin.
The runners raised in excess of £70,000 on the day. These funds will go towards RDF’s project with KAFA and Christian Aid to protect women in Lebanon who are victims or at risk of gender-based violence through funding activities at safe shelters such as counselling and vocational training.
The fastest of Rebecca’s runners, Jonathan Henderson, completed the race in an impressive 1:17, placing him 55th overall!
After the race, a large number of runners and supporters gathered at The Cluny pub for a well-deserved post-run snack and drink. Music was provided by Rebecca’s cousin, DJ George Hartshorn.
It was a very special occasion where those close to Rebecca were brought together some nine months after her death not only to remember her but to raise money for a cause that she was passionate about.
The Foundation is incredibly proud of and grateful to its runners, and wishes them all the best in their recovery from the gruelling race.
The Great North Run was broadcast live on BBC One on 9 September, between 9:30 and 13:30. Some of Rebecca’s runners were interviewed just after 12:00.