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'It gave us a challenge, something to focus on': family of Katie Rough on their Great North Run challenge

Katie Rough was killed in an attack in January Credit: Family

The family have Katie Rough have spoken about how training for the Great North Run has helped them to get through the months since the seven-year-old's death.

Sister Bethany and auntie Sarah were part of a team of seven friends and relatives who ran the half marathon in memory of Katie, who was killed in January.

"It was difficult, but such a great day. The atmosphere was incredible. So many people came out to support us - and doing it with my granddad as well, made it that bit more special."

– Bethany Rough
Katie's family are raising money to send Pross and King to school Credit: Family

So far the family have raised £5000, with the aim of funding two children in Uganda through school for the next ten years. They need an extra £1000 to meet their target.

"There's not really much we can do anymore for Katie apart from give her such an amazing legacy. You just keep thinking why we're doing this, we're doing it for Katie, we're doing it for these two children."

– Bethany Rough, Katie's sister

Last week the teenage girl who admitted the manslaughter of Katie was sent to a secure hospital ahead of a final decision on her sentence, which is expected in November.

"We don't know what's going to happen, but we have to go by what the judge has said and he knows better than we do. He has to make the right decision. We just have to sit and wait and try to distract our minds."

– Bethany Rough, Katie's sister

Katie's auntie Sarah told how the family took up running to distract them from the ongoing court case.

"I think it came at the right time for us, it gave us a challenge, something to focus on to get us through the months ahead."

– Sarah Nockels, Katie's auntie

Bethany and Sarah say this will definitely not be the last of their fundraising efforts, with Sarah already thinking of doing the Yorkshire marathon in October.