Derrien Turrell from Haydon Bridge completed her first Great North Run last year and she loved it so much, she’s doing it all again this year!
Derrien was joined by work colleagues Kirsty and Vicky, to take on the iconic race which resulted in them raising more than £2,000 for Tynedale Hospice at Home. She ran in her husband Peter’s memory. He died of cancer 10 years ago and she cared for him at home in his final days.
Derrien said: “Peter and I both wanted him to remain at home and I was adamant that I didn’t want him to die in hospital or in a hospice. Being surrounded by family and friends in a familiar environment was important to us both. I was living in London at the time and unfortunately there weren’t any local services like the one Tynedale Hospice at Home offers near where I lived so I cared for him in his final hours.
“Some years later, when I moved up to Northumberland I heard about the Hospice and I realised it was just the kind of service I wished Peter could have benefitted from. It is highly valued in the local community and the wider family support and hospital transport services it offers are second to none. We are very fortunate that it’s available on our doorstep.
“Peter was a runner and liked to take part in marathons, although he never actually managed to take part in a Great North Run. He often gave running friends advice and training support and when my best friend commented that it was his words of encouragement that got her through the Great North Run that was all the motivation I needed to get sign up!
“I had a photo of Peter pinned to my running so that he was close to me throughout and I was very emotional at the start of the race, but it really was the most amazing experience. The crowd, the atmosphere and the goodwill of all the people around us as we made our way along the route was incredible. I loved it and wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”