We're grateful to our wonderful team of seven who took on the Great North Run 2017 for NASS!
Clemency and Phil Wright (pictured below at last year's Run) tackled the challenge for the second year running. The duo were joined by their friend Karl Bell, who is keen to show his support for his friends. Phil first noticed symptoms aged 18, but was only diagnosed at 30.
Phil said, 'By this stage I had already had fusing occur in sections of my spine with daily pain and limited mobility as a result. I feel that if there was more awareness, mine and my fellow sufferers' late diagnoses could have been prevented.' Clemency said, 'This will be my third GNR and once again I'm raising funds for NASS. This charity is important to me as it supports people suffering with AS and their families like ours.'
It was a full family affair, as Clemency and Phil's children also run the Junior and Mini runs!
Neil Davidson and his daughter Emma took on the 13.1 mile course - in full fancy dress! Neil donned a full Scooby-Doo outfit, whilst Emma ran as a pizza! They took part in memory of Ron Davidson, Neil's Dad and Emma's Grandad, who sadly passed away in November 2016. Ron lived with AS, and requested donations to NASS instead of flowers at his funeral. Thank you to Neil and Emma for thinking of us. Donate to Neil and Emma's page.
Katherine Unthank signed up the Great North Run as a personal challenge to get fit. 'But it quickly turned into a goal to make a difference!' said Katherine. Her father has lived with AS since 2010, and recently went through a struggle to get on to Humira. 'I did this to provide help and support for my father and those around him with AS.' Donate to Katherine's page.
Daniel List was diagnosed with AS in January this year, but first struggled with symptoms back in Easter 2012. He's gone through a lot to get to this point.
'At that time I went two months without being able to walk unaided and had no idea what the condition was. I've since had to stop playing any sort of physical sport and haven't kicked a football in over a year but I set myself the challenge of running the Great North Run to raise awareness of the condition and to raise money for the excellent charity which puts money into research and treatments for AS.' Donate to Daniel's page.