Running legend Sonia O’Sullivan’s performance at this Sunday’s BUPA Great North Run was up there with the great achievements of her illustrious career.
She was the very last competitor to start the famous half-marathon, but still managed to overtake more than 25,000 runners before finishing.
In an unusual fundraising challenge, the Irish multi-medal winning athlete asked people to donate money to her chosen charities for every runner she overtook during the 13.1-mile race.
She took on the challenge to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and is a regular runner with the charity’s TV Times celebrity running team. O’Sullivan was also fundraising for the Children’s Leukaemia Association at Cork’s Mercy University Hospital in Ireland.
O’Sullivan, whose many achievements during her career included 5,000m silver at the 2000 Olympic Games, is more accustomed to leading the field, having crossed the finish line first at the Great North Run in both 1998 and 2002.
Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “To overtake so many runners in a packed field is absolutely incredible. To witness her passing 25,313 runners in Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s bright yellow t-shirt was amazing!
"The fundraising challenge was a great idea and has really helped raise awareness and money for our life-saving research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma."
People can still sponsor Sonia O’Sullivan’s amazing achievement at www.justgiving.com/fromfronttoback
Sonia joined hundreds of other members of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s Banana Army running team, so called because of their bright yellow t-shirts. The Banana Army is sponsored by TVTimes and Adidas.