Support our Great North Runner: Lars Brazier

Wednesday 20 July 2022 Written by: Adam

Best of luck to **Lars Brazier** who has started his Great North Run training journey, running the half-marathon in support of the Newcastle Rugby Foundation. The foundation aims to motivate, educate and inspire using the power of sport and we are incredibly grateful to Lars for helping support our charity.

Speaking on his decision to run in aid of Newcastle Rugby Foundation, Lars said: “I feel extremely honoured and privileged to be able to run the 2022 Great North Run in aid of the Newcastle Rugby Foundation and what the foundation stands for.

“Newcastle, Rugby, the GNR and sport in general have all played a major part in my life. I feel the work of the foundation is extremely valuable, offering the younger generation encouragement and a route into sport which I took for granted. This is particularly important in the modern digital era and the pressures that today’s youth face.

“Now living in Aberdeenshire and coaching junior rugby at my local club, Ellon RFC, I’m constantly reminded of the importance of rugby and sport in building confidence, responsibility and teamwork.

“I started playing mini-rugby in the early ‘80s at Ponteland before moving at a junior level to Gosforth at the old grounds on the Great North Road. I then spent several seasons at Northern, as a Colt in 1991, before I was given the opportunity to return to Newcastle Gosforth, by then at Kingston Park. Rugby has taken me around the world on various tours as well as playing a season in South Africa and has always offered a way to integrate into new environments. I sincerely hope that future generations can benefit from the sport in the same way as I have. This starts at ‘grass roots’ and is thus why I’m pleased to be running in aid of the foundation.

“As for the GNR; apart from it being an iconic event showcasing the hospitality and friendliness of the North East, it is an event close to my heart. My father ran in the first ever GNR, in the elite category, and it was also my first ever half marathon, probably about 35 years ago. I think I was officially too young at the time.

“To be given the chance to return, after so many years, to a great region, run such an iconic run and raise money for a good cause, is an opportunity not to be missed. Let the training begin!”

To support Lars on his journey, please donate **[HERE][1]**