Burnley father and son complete Great North Run to help seriously ill youngsters

HAPPY: Steve Wilson (51) and his son Arran (18) who did the Great North Run
HAPPY: Steve Wilson (51) and his son Arran (18) who did the Great North Run

A FATHER and son from Burnley have gone the extra mile to help children with life-threatening conditions.

Steve and Arran Wilson ran the 13-mile Bupa Great North Run to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation which grants wishes to seriously ill youngsters.

The pair trained together and ran together alongside 55,000 other entrants in the half-marathon which is the second largest in the world.

Headteacher Steve (51) who is headteacher at Pendle Vale College,injured himself just seven weeks ago but still managed to complete the 13.1 mile run in two hours and 11 minutes.

Arran (18) was doing the Great North Run for the first time and completed it in one hour and 30 minutes. 
Steve said: “It was great both being able to run it because we could motivate each other – it also helped that we were running for such a good cause.”

Karen England, director of fund-raising at Make-A-Wish, said: “We are extremely grateful to Steve and Arran for running the Great North Run on behalf of Make-A-Wish.

“We have just granted our 8,000th wish – a milestone we wouldn’t have been able to reach without the help of dedicated supporters like Steve and Arran.”

To support Steve visit his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Steve-Wilson6. To support Arran please visit www.justgiving.com/arranwilson.