RSPCA calls for runners to join 'Team Animal'

The RSPCA is on the hunt for runners taking on this year’s Great North Run to join Team Animal.

Thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of Newcastle on 10 September as 2017’s Great North Run gets underway and the RSPCA is looking for volunteers to tackle the 13.1-mile route and help the nation’s animals.

The RSPCA has a number of guaranteed places in the Great North Run and is keen to hear from any runners who think they're up for the challenge. All Team Animal runners can enjoy:

●       RSPCA branded training t-shirt and running vest (made of ultracool material);

●       Iron on vest letters, so cheerers can shout your name;

●       Fundraising pack, which contains hints and tips to maximise your sponsorship;

●       Dedicated cheering group along the course, which your friends and family can join;

●       Lots of cheering goodies on race day for family and friends to help cheer you on;

●       Post-race reception;

●       Post-race massage;

●       Committed events team who are on hand for support and advice;

●       Free running training guide.

James Lakey, from Gateshead, has taken on the half marathon for the last three years for Team Animal. He said: “I started when I was 18 and ever since I’ve run each year for the RSPCA.

“I chose to support the RSPCA because I’m a massive animal lover and to think I’m helping helpless animals just by running is the best motivation to keep me going!”

Katie Sutcliffe, RSPCA events manager said: "The Great North Run is a wonderful event full of inspirational stories of personal challenge, overcoming the odds and supporting well-deserving causes.

“This year, we’re looking for more budding runners, kind-hearted locals, and animal-lovers to join our herd and we hope to have more than 70 people making up Team Animal.

"Every single penny raised by our supporters taking on the Great North Run will help us continue our vital work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals."

The RSPCA - the largest and oldest animal welfare charity covering England and Wales - is funded by public donations and it costs more than £120m a year to run.

The charity receives 1.15m calls every year - that’s one call every 27 seconds - and investigates more than 400 allegations of animal cruelty every day.

If you’d like more information about how to join Team Animal as a runner or as part of our cheering squad, please visit the website:

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