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Colleagues go the extra 13 miles for St Oswald's

A lab solutions company based in Newcastle has turned running into a team sport, by entering ten colleagues into this year’s Great North Run.

Leica Biosystems, based in Newcastle encouraged their staff to show their support for St Oswald’s by sporting a blue and pink vest and taking on the world famous half marathon to raise funds.

Bartosz Balczerski, 36, from Team Leica has decided to get back into running this year, using the charity connection as motivation to train. He said:

I think St Oswald’s is a great charity. I didn’t know much about the Hospice until I joined Leica, but then I found out more about it and I think what their team does is admirable and very deserving of our support. I’m really excited for the day now, I’ve just completed the Great North 10k in Gateshead and I feel ready for the big one! I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere on the day, the feeling of camaraderie and that you’re doing something great, that you’re part of something bigger than yourself is really palpable and I enjoy it very much.

Joe Hails, 25, from Hexham is another member of Team Leica, and is running for the first time. He added:

I’m looking forward to running over the Tyne Bridge with the red arrows overhead, I can’t imagine anything better, well that and seeing the finish line. The idea of massages at the end with food and drink will definitely help keep me going around the tough 8-9 mile mark.As a team we chose St Oswald’s as I don't think there's many people around who haven't had a close family member benefit from the support and care offered by a hospice, it’s a truly great cause. To actually do the run is a great commitment, and I love setting myself challenges for the year and this is the perfect opportunity to do so, especially for such a good cause as St. Oswald’s.

Our fundraiser, Natalie Santamera added: 

The Great North Run is quite a tough challenge and we’re always so grateful to businesses like Leica for supporting us. We’ll be there cheering them their amazing team of runners at the finish line.We rely on the support of our local community so that we can continue providing care to North East Families. If you’d like to register your interest in running for us next year, please give us a call on 0191 246 9123.

To sponsor Team Leica please visit their JustGiving page.

Good luck to the Leica runners and to everyone else taking part in the Great North Run for Team St Oswald’s!