TWIN brothers from Wearside are under starter’s orders to raise hundreds of pounds for worthy charities.
Jack and Harry Stephenson, 10, from Grangetown, are taking on tomorrow’s Junior Race as part of this weekend’s Great North Run.
The Year 6 siblings, who both go to St Paul’s Primary School in Ryhope, will line up alongside 5,000 other children on the Newcastle quayside for the 4k challenge.
Jack, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of eight, is generating cash for Scope.
He was inspired to raise money for the charity, which supports people with all types of disabilities, after visiting the Barbara Priestman Academy in Sunderland, where mum Judith is a teacher.
It will be the second time Jack will tackle the run, after recording a time of 33 minutes in last year’s race.
Jack said: “I’m really excited to be taking part again this year, the atmosphere last year was fantastic and I want to beat my time.”
Harry meanwhile will be hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for The Sick Children’s Trust.
Speaking from the family’s home in Tarn Drive, Judith, 43, said: “Jack’s cerebral palsy is relatively mild and it can cause a few issues for him, but he doesn’t let it hold him back in life.
“Meeting some of the students at the academy I work for made him realise that some other young people with disabilities face far greater challenges.
“That’s when he decided he wanted to do something to help, and did his first run for Scope.
“Jack has already raised over £100 for Scope this year, and I’m incredibly proud of him and his brother.”
The Great North Run takes place the day after the Junior and Mini runs, on Sunday.
Olympic and World athletics champion Mo Farah is taking part and will be aiming to win the men’s event against a world-class field including legendary runner Haile Gebrselassie.
England cricketer Graeme Swann and World Champion 400m runner Christine Ohuruogu have been chosen to fire the starting pistol for the 13.1-mile race.