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Leeds finance manager enters Great North Run for ninth year

The Financial Control Manager at Leeds Building Society's Head Office is taking part in this Sunday's Great North Run to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice.

Paula Shann said: "I'm taking part for the ninth consecutive year. This year I'm raising funds for Wakefield Hospice and I hope to raise £250. I have chosen Wakefield Hospice because they have cared for many friends and relatives over the years.

"I keep going back year after year because it is such a great event to take part in. The whole course is lined by supporters offering encouragement. It's also amazing to see the many weird and wonderful costumes that people wear each year."

The Great North Run, the world's leading half marathon, was first staged in 1981 when just over 12,000 people took part on the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields. In 2014 entries totalled 57,000 people.

Last year the event made history as it became the first International Association of Athletics Federations event in the world to welcome its millionth finisher


Notes to Editors

The website address for Wakefield hospice is

The Great North Run takes place on Sunday 13th September 2015.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.7bn (as at 30th June 2015). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.