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Thanks to our Team Breathe half marathon runners

Katie says thank you to everyone who has run for us recently.

In the last 6 weeks, 191 amazing people have taken on a half marathon as part of Team Breathe.

108 inspiring runners hit the streets of Newcastle for the Great North Run in September, then another 45 faced the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London last weekend. And in between, 38 more runners have conquered different races up and down the country, from Belfast to Glasgow and Nottingham - and even one in Staten Island, New York!

Steve Waddup (in the photo below) ran the Cardiff Half Marathon in memory of his dad - having only started running 9 months earlier. A remarkable achievement.

Thanks so much to all our Team Breathe half marathon runners, and everyone who supported them. You've raised a staggering £85,000 which will make a huge difference to the millions of people living with lung disease. Here are some of my favourite photos from the last few weeks.

Great North Run

Our runners descended on Tyneside from all over the UK, each with their own story. Malcolm has COPD and celebrated at the end of his half marathon with Sasha from our events team.

Adam ran in memory of his grandfather Mick, who died from mesothelioma. Mick's wife Chris set up the Mick Knighton Mesolthelioma Research Fund when he died, and joined Adam to celebrate at the finish line.

And at the end of the race, the Red Arrows even seemed to show their love and support for our amazing runners.

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

The sun was shining for Team Breathe in London's beautiful Hyde Park this year. Becky and Steven from the BLF joined the team - and while they may look friendly here, the competition was much fiercer as they reached the finish line.

We were lucky to have been supported by TOAD diaries, who generously donated personalised training diaries for each member of the team to use in the build up to the big day.

Lindsey returned in memory of her friend’s father, having run here for us last year too.

And our super-supporter Amanda persuaded 15 runners to join her from Exclusive Contracts Services, who all ran in memory of Amanda’s father, former MP David John Evans who sadly died from IPF.

Thanks again to everybody - you really are amazing, and your efforts will make a huge difference.

If you’d like to take on a running challenge, whether it’s a 5K run, or 5 marathons in 5 days, find the challenge for you on our website or get in touch today.

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19 October 2015