A FAMILIAR face from morning TV is under starter’s orders for this weekend’s festival of running in memory of a much-missed colleague.
Steph McGovern, who covers news and business on the BBC’s flagship weekday early morning TV show Breakfast, will run the race on Sunday to raise money for charity in memory of her former editor, Alison Ford.
Steph, who was born and brought up in the North East, joined the corporation on work experience and has developed a successful career as a business reporter and is now one of the main presenters on the programme. Alison was Steph’s editor and mentor, and oversaw the transfer of BBC Breakfast to its new base in Salford, Greater Manchester.
She died in July 2013 following a long battle with cancer.
As well as running the 10k, Steph is part of “Team Ford”, a group of Alison’s colleagues and friends who are running various events in her memory and also raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Paying tribute to Alison, Steph, from Teesside, said: “Alison is the reason I made it on to TV at all.
“She was a wonderful colleague and friend, and we wanted to do something positive in her memory.
“I think that Alison would have laughed her head off at Team Ford as we prance around in our running kit.”
Around 4,000 runners are set to hit the streets of Wearside for Sunday’s events, taking part in the 10k and the Sunderland City Half Marathon races.
“I am really looking forward to running in Sunderland on Sunday,” said Steph.
“This is my region and it was Alison’s too. The North-East people are great sports fans, so I am sure that everyone will get fantastic encouragement as they pound the city’s streets on Sunday.”
To donate to Team Ford, go to www.justgiving.com/teams/alisonford.