Meet the Runners

With the Great North Run on Sunday we thought we’d share our fundraisers stories with you! Good luck team DWT!

Paul Lee

Paul Lee – VRO with the Western Reserves Team

‘I started running just over two years ago after a gap of about fifteen years in order to regain my fitness. I became a member of Sedgefield Harriers athletics club and I’ve developed as a runner with the support and encouragement of the club.

Almost a year ago I started working at Low Barns nature reserve as a Volunteer Reserves Officer and as my twelve months comes to an end I’m pleased to have the opportunity to represent Durham Wildlife Trust in this years Great North Run. Hopefully raising funds through sponsorship and raising awareness of the Trusts valuable work.

I’ll be supported by my Family, both near and far, my running club and I’m sure that some of our volunteers will be interested as they have a financial stake in my run.’

See Paul’s fundraising on Just Giving here.


Paul Green

Paul Green – DWT Member

‘I’ve been running for about 3 years with this being my third Great North Run. I am an enthusiastic amateur, fitting training around work and a demanding 16month old – who I hope will be cheering me on at the half way point.

Last year I completed the Kielder Marathon which confirmed that my preferred distance is Half Marathon (and the GNR is flat by comparison).

I am running for DWT having recently signed up as a member. I have been visiting the sites in Durham and Gateshead for many years and hope that my support will maintain these for generations to come.’

See Paul’s Just Giving progress here.


Nikki Woodward

Nikki AKA Miss Foxy on the Metro heading to the 2016 GNR

After finding over £300 in her bin after last years GNR, the urban Miss Foxy is back! Still managing to beat our other runners over the line towing a bucket filled with 1’s, 2’s and 5’s seasoned runner Miss Foxy had such a good time running with the humans that she just had to do it all again. Keep your eyes peeled for Miss Foxy on the run and if you see her remember that this type of urban fox loves sweets, beer and ice lollies.

Think it’s remarkable to do a half marathon as a fox pushing a (HEAVY) bin? We do to – see Miss Foxy’s sponsorship page here.


Laura Tedstone

Laura Tedstone & Nikki Woodward DWT Education Officers

‘I like to run – I like to run a long way in quiet places. I like to run up mountains and in the countryside with no other people so … I chose to run the biggest Half Marathon in the World with around 57 thousand other people and in a city!!!

But hey – it’s for a good cause and it will bring a tear to my eye running over the Tyne Bridge if I haven’t bawled my eyes out already at the start being among so many brave but slightly mad people. I will chase that fox down after high fiving Mo, weave my way through the colourful vests from around the globe and paddle in the sea at South Shields at the end.

This will be my 5th GNR (always meant to be my last but I am hooked on Jelly Babies). I never get a good time but who cares, more like a bumbling bumble bee rather than a honey bee on a mission! This year I will be wearing the brightest vest out there so look out for me on TV!’ – Laura

See Lauras fundraising page here.


The Routledges

Dr Pat & James Routledge, DWT Members

‘I am doing the Great North Run…again for Durham Wildlife Trust because They do a great job on limited resources!

Having managed to do the run in 2016, I’ve decided to suffer for this worthy cause once again this year, 2017. This COULD be my 20th and last run, as two of my kids will be doing it with me, so they can keep up the run after this year.’ – Dr Pat

‘I have always been someone who is willing to sit back and watch other people work hard for a good cause, however that’s all about to change!! This year I will be running in my very first Great North Run and doing so for a cause very close to my families heart, Durham Wildlife Trust.

Not only this but I will be running alongside my Sister and my Dad (who swears its his 20th and last GNR but we will see about that). For those who know me you will be all to aware how tough a task this is for someone who has just had a one week bender in Ibiza.’ – James

Joining her Dad and James is our very own Membership Officer Emily!

Emily Routledge – DWT Membership Development Officer (with Revealing Reptiles Project Officer John Grundy)

‘Having collected my Dad, Laura and the Fox from the finish line last year I was inspired to do the Great North Run for DWT in 2017, much to the surprise of pretty much everyone who knows me. To say that I wasn’t a runner is an understatement, having never ran (nor really exercised) since it was part of the year 9 curriculum.

I’m pleased to say that since joining a social running group in January I have a new found love for running. I’m also thrilled to be able to raise money for a charity I care so much about and have the pleasure of working for. This year will be my Dads 20th GNR and with me and my little (in age not height) brother doing our first, it’s a big deal for Team Routledge – I’m expecting tears from Mam.’ – Emily

Check out Team Routledges fundraising efforts here.

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