A Northamptonshire runner will take on her tenth annual half marathon to raise £10,000.
Christine Baker, from Thrapston, has run the race in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne every year since her mum was diagnosed with MND in December 2005.
She said: “I wanted to do something for my mum, to challenge myself and raise money for the MND Association, and the Great North Run seemed the ideal thing to do. Training for it that year helped me cope through a difficult time.
“It’s got special memories as it was the first one I did, and the only one that mam was here for - and it’s back at home in the North East.”
Christine has raised almost £10,000 so far for the MND Association, the charity that last year started the worldwide craze of the Ice Bucket Challenge, and which is based in Notre Dame Mews in Northampton.
Since her mum passed away in October 2006, Christine has continued fundraising for the charity, which helps people living with MND, a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
She said: “I want to help make a difference to those who are suffering with MND and really want to do something positive towards helping find treatment and ultimately a cure for the disease.”
Christine will run the Great North with her partner Mike and friends, but that is not all she is doing for the charity this year.
She is part of a team of MND Association supporters taking on 15 challenges in 2015, including a 10k, a 15k, 10 half marathons, one marathon, Tough Mudder and a 24 hour relay.
Alongside the training she has been busy fundraising with an Easter egg hunt, a name the penguin competition and with her Just Giving page.
To sponsor Christine visit www.justgiving.com/clb15 or text code CBAK55 £(any amount) to 70070.