Not doing things by half – except this time!

Thirteen will hopefully be a lucky number for head of communications Amanda Marksby.

The mum-of-two, who works at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will tackle the Great North Run this September in aid of the MRI Scanner Appeal at the Friarage Hospital.

But as a complete running novice, the prospect of a half marathon ahead of her is a little daunting!

“I decided to take up running to get fit but as I work closely with the charities team, I thought why not double up and do it for the scanner appeal? It’s a great cause and as my team will be involved with campaign publicity and encouraging people to get involved, why not lead by example?” she said.

Amanda has been fitting her training regime in around her full-time job, which means hitting the streets very early on a morning, long sessions on the treadmills and warm-up events such as the 5K Race for Life in Darlington.

But is she putting more pressure on herself having work colleagues scrutinising her progress?

“Actually they’re the incentive I needed to do this, plus I’ll never live it down if I don’t! I’ve taken advice from a few runners so have heard all about hitting walls and the crowds pulling you through – when I see that finishing line I’ll definitely look at 13 as my new lucky number.”

Anyone wanting to support the MRI Scanner Appeal can donate online at