RSPCA calls on animal lovers to sign-up for the Great North Run

The RSPCA is calling on animal lovers to don their trainers and take part in the Great North Run for Team Animal this September.

The charity still has places left for the popular half marathon in Newcastle.

Kimberley Nunn, from Leeds, is taking part in the race on September 12 after the lockdown made her realise just how important her health was, both physically and mentally. Kimberley, who is originally from Devon, struggled to run 1k before signing up for the half marathon which is 13.1 miles! Kimberley said: “I absolutely love animals first and foremost and the RSPCA just doesn’t get the level of support it should for its incredible work. The impact of COVID has affected many and I’m crucially aware animals are not exempt from this. Which is why I wanted to do this now. About 12 years ago my family rescued a dog from the RSPCA. His name is Banjo and he was extremely nervous at first but watching his journey has been incredible. I’m so proud of how far he has come and so very grateful for the RSPCA for taking him in.

“Before I decided to sign up for this challenge I would struggle to run 1k non-stop. I am fortunate to have a personal trainer, Simfit100, and train with an amazing friend and they both push me but are supportive at the same time. Lockdown and COVID really made it hit home just how crucial not only the health of your family and friends are but that your personal health both physically and mentally is fundamental to being happy.

“I’m not going to win a prize for being the fastest runner on the day, my aim is to just get across the finish line to be honest! I’m getting there gradually, building up from 1k to 15k running with no stopping and I’m sure the amazing crowd will get me through the extra miles along with my brilliant friends and family who have sponsored me so far.”

Kimberley lives in Leeds but is originally from Devon, where her family dog Banjo lives with her dad. Kimberley also has a golden labrador called Tayto who she absolutely adores.

She added: “When I talk about family I include pets as part of that by default. They really are family members and get treated as such. Tayto has even been to the cinema, had swimming lessons, practiced doga and had birthday parties!”

To support Kimberley’s challenge visit the justgiving page here.

If you have been inspired by Kimberley’s challenge, sign-up to Team Animal today: https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/fundraise/running/gnr