Nonlinear team take on the Great North Run

Four of our employees – Duncan Barrie (not pictured), Ian Hargreaves, Martin Wells,  and John Renney (pictured left to right below) are taking part in this year’s Great North Run on Sunday September 16th which starts here in Newcastle upon Tyne, crosses the iconic Tyne bridge and finishes in the coastal town of South Shields.

GNR 2012 Nonlinear Team

It is a tough half-marathon course, which is world famous and attracts over 54,000 entrants each year. The route will be lined by thousands of spectators and there is live entertainment which really helps the participants complete the last few gruelling miles.

The Nonlinear team are raising money for the Tony Blair Sports Foundation (TBSF) which invests in local people by recruiting and training volunteers to increase the number of sports coaches and officials in the North East of England. Every £200 raised covers the cost for a new coach to work in sports clubs and schools, helping more young people play sport.

John Renney, our web developer, says, “I’m an Athletics Coach who is partly funded by The Tony Blair Sports Foundation as they helped me gain my qualifications. The Foundation’s support and their interest in what I do makes them an excellent team to work with.”

“Duncan Barrie, our Finance Director at Nonlinear Dynamics, approached me asking if I would like to get a team together to participate in the Great North Run to raise some money for the TBSF. Nonlinear Dynamics are very supportive of the voluntary athletics coaching I do in local first schools so it was easy for me to say yes. Here we are, training hard for the event and hoping to raise in excess of £2,000. This money will help the TBSF support another 10 sports coaches, like me, who will help to get more young people in the North East playing sport.”

After an amazing Olympic Games, if you have been inspired to take up sport either as a participant or as a helper, then further information can be found here:

We wish our 4 runners good luck, and hope there aren’t too many aches and pains in the office next Monday Smile