A PARALYMPIC champ is to line up against superstar Mo Farah in this year’s Great North Run.
Hazel Robson, from Houghton, will take part in this year’s event on Sunday, September 15, as she looks to generate cash for Cancer Research UK.
The 33-year-old, who has won five Paralympic medals including a gold in Sydney, is encouraging Wearsiders who have secured a place to raise money for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer by joining the charity’s Sports Team.
Hazel will pound the the 13.1-mile course in memory of her grandmother, Peggy Harrop, who died from cancer nearly 18 years ago.
The athlete who has cerebral palsy, said: “I’m enjoying training for the Great North Run.
“I’m doing a fitness boot camp four times a week.
“The training is hard, but it’s nice to have no pressure compared to the Paralympics.”
Hazel has competed in athletics at an international level since her debut at the 1998 World Championships in Birmingham.
She took to the track in four consecutive Paralympic Games, from her debut in Sydney in 2000, to her London 2012 finale, and last month received an honorary fellowship from Sunderland University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to sport in her home city.
l To sponsor Hazel, go to www.justgiving.com/Hazel-RobsonParalympian.