Buckets of support for running sisters

Amanda Couch will have strong support when she undertakes the Great North Run this weekend for she has the backing of Buckets and Spades Nursery where she works. She is pictured with Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113757'16/09/11
Amanda Couch will have strong support when she undertakes the Great North Run this weekend for she has the backing of Buckets and Spades Nursery where she works. She is pictured with Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113757'16/09/11
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TWO Scarborough sisters are tackling this year’s Great North Run in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Amanda and Amy will be pounding the pavements in Tyneside in memory of their grandfather.

The duo have received support from Buckets and Spades Nursery in Victoria Road, where staff and children too part in a special fundraising day.

Amanda, who works at the nursery said: “The reason why we have chosen to run this year is because we suffered the loss of our grandad last year.

“We wanted to run in his memory and raise money for this fantastic charity.

“We decided to raise extra money at the nursery by holding a sports themed day.

“All the staff and children dressed up in sporty clothes and took part in playing different sports.

“Everyone had lots of fun and very kindly made donations.”

Amanda and Amy will be running the Great North Run for the first time tomorrow, having previously taken part in the 5k Race for Life.

They have been training since February and Amanda says they are both “excited but very nervous at the same time”.

The pair will join 54,000 runners on Sunday for the 13.1 mile, half marathon taking place in and around Newcastle and Gateshead.