MSA Trust

Reflecting on the Great North Run, with Team MSAT

As we gear up for the 2024 Great North Run we look back on the remarkable journey of our runners, the incredible support they received and the funds raised for the Trust.

On race day, the atmosphere was nothing short of electric. Live bands, sound systems, water hoses and supporters cheering on the side-lines that could rival a concert crowd turned the GNR route into a celebration of fitness and charitable giving.

The McGeorge family decided to embark on their Great North Run journey during a challenging period. Kate, Tom, Laura and Holly laced up their running shoes in support of Dad, Ernie and raised a staggering £6,441 in aid of the Trust.

We decided to do the GNR during a very difficult time where Dad was in hospital with an infection and was critically unwell. We thought it would be something positive to focus on, whilst encouraging us all to get fitter and healthier, in addition to raising money for a good cause, that was very relevant to us and our situation. The preparation, training, run itself and aftermath has all came with its challenges, both personal and as a group. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the support we received on the day including the hose pipes, the sweets given to us by supporters and seeing friends/family who came to watch.

We feel this has strengthened us individually and as a family unit. We are thrilled and astounded at the amount of money we have raised and the massive support for our family and Dad. This reflects how well Dad is thought of and the memories friends and acquaintances have of him as we have grown up.


Dave received his MSA diagnosis in June, and the journey to acceptance has been quite a roller coaster. Despite facing this challenging diagnosis, Dave, who has an impressive 42 marathons under his belt, embarked on a mission to complete the Great North 5km. He teamed up with his running club, and together, they conquered the 5km course while also raising over £2,000 for the Trust.

I was diagnosed in June. I knew something was wrong in March. It has been a roller coaster of a ride coming to terms with it. The MSA Trust have always helped and been there with their experience and advice when I have needed it. Before it happened I used to be a regular marathon runner with 42 behind me. Completing the Great North 5km was my way of paying back. I am still early enough in this disease to have the fitness. I would like to thank everyone for their generous support and help with this.

Jo completed her 9th GNR and in the process smashed her fundraising target. We can’t wait for Jo to join #TeamMSAT once again for her tenth and final run

I had the best time at The Great North Run and even managed a wave and a smile from the MSA team in the way round which was just fantastic. Raised over my target so i am feeling extremely blessed at the moment. Very emotional after crossing the finishing line, as this is my first one since losing my hero father in law.

As applications open for Team MSAT in 2024, we eagerly anticipate another year of shared triumphs and smashing sponsorship targets. Thank you to everyone who supported this years runners. Bring on next year!

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