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Police officer completes Great North Run just weeks after double mastectomy

Karen Bloor and Katy Sigley Credit: Staffordshire Police

A female police officer with breast cancer completed the Great North Run yesterday - just seven weeks after surgery for a double mastectomy.

52-year-old PC Karen Bloor, one of the force's dog handlers, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September last year.

She set herself the challenge of raising at least £1,000 for Breast Cancer Care by completing 12 events in 12 months. Since then, she has been taking part in fundraising runs and triathlons while still undergoing treatment.

Karen and Katy Credit: Staffordshire Police

She ran the course with her colleague Katy Sigley, completing the half marathon in three hours and 34 seconds.

Karen has now raised her target to £10,000 and has currently managed to raise £11,300 with the help of her friends and colleagues, who she refers to as her 'army of angels'.

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Red Arrows widow runs Great North Run in memory of her husband

The wife of the Red Arrows pilot who died during an air display in 2011 has completed the Great North Run in memory of her husband.

Jon Egging, who lived in Rutland and flew as a Red Arrows pilot, died after his plane crashed during the Bournemouth Airshow last August.

His widow, Emma Egging, ran the Great North Run for the Jon Egging Trust, which raises money to help children achieve their dreams.

Emma Egging told ITV News why she decided to take part in the Great North Run.


Ellie Simmonds: I don't want this summer to end...

Ahead of today's Great North Run, the annual half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields, ITV News caught up with ParalympicsGB medallist Ellie Simmonds from Walsall.

Ellie, who won two golds, a silver and a bronze in London, was invited to cheer on those taking part in today's event. She says it has been a great summer.