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News editor raises 6k after coast to coast run for terminally ill friend

A regional daily news editor has raised thousands of pounds for charity after running from coast to coast.

Carlisle News & Star news editor Emily Parsons ran from the western edge of Cumbria to South Shields before competing in the Great North Run in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity.

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.

Carlisle run

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.”