Sam prepares for the city to sea Great North Run

Sam is running the Great North Run and told us about what he’s been doing to prepare for the big race, as well as what inspired him to fundraise for us.

Here’s what Sam had to say:

Why did you choose to do the Great North Run in support of us?

‘My eldest son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2009. He is now totally dependent on his powered wheelchair and 24/7 care. Whitby Lodge at Martin House provides invaluable respite care, Alfie considers Martin House as his holiday time and place and we know that he is safe and happy when he is there. The whole Martin House set up, support and care teams are amazing – we can’t thank them enough for what they do and the way in which they do it. Running the Great North Run to raise some awareness and funds is just a small way to give something back!’

Where is your favourite place to run?

‘Wherever I can see, hear and smell the sea, not that easy or often when you live in Leeds! But it does make the Great North Run particularly appealing (at least for the last mile or so).’

Favourite running music?

‘I don’t run to music — my running time is my thinking and relaxing space. I have been trying to do some kettlebells to build core strength ahead of the race and the ‘Summer Bangers’ mix on Spotify works a treat for this!’

Top training tip?

‘Don’t be too worried about sticking to any plan or programme. Do what you can, when you can and enjoy the fact that you can run and don’t worry about how fast you can (or can’t) run!’

What will you be having for your pre-race breakfast?

‘Trek bar, banana sandwich and orange juice.’

Have you ever done the Great North Run before?

‘Yes – the last time was in 2009 (raising money for MDUK).’

Do you have a social media account or JustGiving page?

‘Yes. I have Facebook, and you can donate to my JustGiving page.’

If you are running for us in the Great North Run, you can tell us about your own training, goals and tips by filling in our Great North Run profile form.

Sam Yates sat in garden wearing blue Martin House branded t-shirt.

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