Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Josephine's on Top of the World after Great Run Time; and She Isn't the Only One Smiling

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Josephine's on Top of the World after Great Run Time; and She Isn't the Only One Smiling

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Byline: Sarah Walker Reporter sarah.walker@eveninggazette.co.uk

AN ELITE runner from Middlesbrough Athletics Club was the sixth British woman to finish the Great North Run - despite the fact she has only been running competitively for two years.

Josephine Stone, 23, finished the 13.1 mile course in one hour, 18 minutes and six seconds.

The dream time made her the16th woman to finish in the race overall and 12th in the 0-34 age group of women.

Josephine, who is also a teacher at Berwick Hills Primary School, in Middlesbrough, said: "I think it was probably the best race I have ever run in. I don't think I've come down from it just yet.

"I really enjoyed it. It was a fantastic atmosphere, like nothing I have ever competed in before.

"The fact that my name was on the TV was what excited me the most!" Josephine credited her coach Stan Markley with her fantastic performance, saying his support is what has made her into the runner she is today.

Although she has been running since the age of eight, she only began running competitively for the last two years.

She said: "Without Stan, I don't think I could actually have managed to get to where I am now in my running.

"He's got so much knowledge and advice. He's just brilliant."

Other Teesside success stories who have emerged include Kay Husband, 38, from Normanby, mum to "super" Ted Parks, who is now four.

Ted had a heart transplant at just five months old in December 2009, after being born with a heart condition so rare it was thought he may be the only sufferer in the world.

Thankfully, he is now thriving and Kay ran for the Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle to say a big thank you for saving her son's life, completing the course in two hours, 12 minutes and 52 seconds.

The Teesside University human resources worker ran alongside nephew and Ted's cousin Anthony Mulcaster and has raised about PS1,600 so far, with more money still coming in. …

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