Last Sunday, Ramsay, a support worker in York, took on the Great North Run in a bid to raise money for United Response. He has managed to raise £300 for training, employment and consultancy work in our York services. Ramsay tells us about his running experience… 

There are two reasons why I ran the Great North Run. Firstly, because I wanted to raise money for the place I work, and also because I welcome a challenge… most of the time. After I signed up back in February, I thought I had all the time in the world to train. Before I knew it, it was six weeks away. My training had to take a serious kick up the behind!

Within the six weeks, I had a week holiday in Devon and Cornwall. I packed my running stuff with the right intentions but those cream teas, and Cornish ales got the best of me. I gave in, I was weak!

In the remaining weeks, the excitement built and I just about felt ready. I knew I wanted to hit the two hour mark, and with the support of the Geordie crowds I knew I could do it. Originally being from the North East, as I crossed the start line with the Tyne Bridge in my sight, I swelled with pride, that same pride carried me across the finish line 13.1 miles later.

With temperatures hitting 20C and without a cloud in the sky, it wasn’t a day for personal bests. But as the Red Arrows soared above the runners and the bands on the run inspired that extra push, I managed to squeeze every ounce of energy for a sprint finish! My finishing time was 02:02, 31 years after my Dads first Great North Run! I may not have beaten his time of 01:25 but just watch this space!

Being a veteran of half marathons (six Great North Run’s amongst other halves) I asked for some fatherly advice when tackling aching knees and muscles. His response: “Beer, a cold bath and a good rub with a wet fish”. Thanks Dad, appreciate it!

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that sponsored and supported me, the donations keep coming in and I can’t thank everyone enough! And for those that have asked, yes, I’ll be there next year!

Ramsay Taylor, support worker.

If you'd like to take part in a local challenge event like Ramsay get in touch via email [email protected] or call Sarah on 0208 8794 987.

If you want to help Ramsay raise money for United Response in York you can sponsor him via his online fundraising page.