Big support for Mesothelioma UK at this year’s Great North Run

36 runners to raise money for asbestos-related cancer charity at world’s biggest half marathon on 10 September 2023

Supporters of Mesothelioma UK, the national asbestos-related cancer charity, will be stepping out for the charity at this year’s Great North Run half marathon in Newcastle and Gateshead on Sunday 10 September.

36 runners will be participating in this year’s event to raise funds for Mesothelioma UK, including Chief Executive, Liz Darlison, Senior Fundraiser, Legacy and Challenges Officer, Jill Lemon and the famous ‘Great North Ron’, 68-year-old Ron Snaith.

Ron Snaith, Clare Convery and family at the Great North Run 2019

Ron is from Ryton, Gateshead and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2018 at the age of 64. The dad-of-two, grandad-of-eight will be participating in this year’s Great North Run for the 42nd consecutive year. He’s one of 80 people to have run every Great North Run since its inception.

To support Liz or Jill, please visit their Just Giving page at

Mesothelioma is a cancer related to exposure to asbestos and predominantly affects the lining of the lungs. The UK has the highest incidence of the disease in the world with around 2,700 people diagnosed each year.

Liz Darlison, Chief Executive of Mesothelioma UK said: “We’re delighted with the amazing support shown by our mesothelioma community for this year’s Great North Run. The charity has a strong presence in the north east, with three dedicated Clinical Nurse Specialists and a benefits advisor in place, and we also work alongside the Readley Support Group to support patients and their carers.

“We wish all the best to all of those taking part and raising money for the charity, including the amazing Ron.”

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