A regional daily news editor has raised thousands of pounds for charity after running from coast to coast.
She undertook the challenge n support of her close friend Rachel Cole, who is battling a terminal brain tumour.
Emily completed the final leg alongside partner Damian Woolfe, and was surprised by a waiting Rachel and her husband Graham at the finish line.
Said Emily: “It was a great final ending to a week filled with ups and downs.
“There have been real highs and desperate lows. Coming down the sea front on the last mile, I was fighting tears most of the way, just to know the end was in sight.
“I don’t think it quite seems real. I can’t quite comprehend that I made it from St Bees to South Shields, on foot, in just seven days.”
Rachel added: “Her dedication to this monumental challenge is an inspiration to me and my family. I could never convey the love and gratitude we all feel for Emily and her wonderful support team.”
Emily’s News & Star colleague, reporter Kelly Pattison, also took part in the Great North Run in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
She said: “My legs are a bit tired but I really enjoyed it. It was a lot hillier than I thought but the crowds were amazing and really spurred me on.”