JET propelled graduate runs in Great North Run, alongside Dr Emma Egging and the Chief of the Air Staff

JET propelled graduate runs in Great North Run, alongside Dr Emma Egging and the Chief of the Air Staff

This year the Jon Egging Trust (JET) is fielding a formidable team for the Great North Run, including for the first time, a graduate of their Blue Skies programme.

18-year-old Nathan Holland completed three years of Blue Skies in Norfolk, and now wants to help other young people have the same opportunities as he did. He explains:

“From the class trouble maker, to Head Boy and role model for the young, JET changed me as a person and I want to be able to return the favour for the great work they do. By donating to the Trust, you can see more young people get the opportunity and support they need to grow in confidence and to be able to grab their chances and reach their full potential.”

Nathan has trained for the GNR with former Red Arrow Sqn Ldr Stew Campbell who will be running through the streets of Newcastle for the first time, having flown overhead with the Reds for the past three years.

Running alongside Nathan and Stew will be Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier who is running for the second time for JET:

“I’m very pleased again to be running in the Great North Run in support of the Jon Egging Trust. It helps show my commitment to the Trust’s goals of inspiring young people and developing their potential, and to the memory of an outstanding RAF pilot.”

On his last GNR outing for JET, Sir Stephen spoke to the BBC about why he supports JET.

Also running is CEO of JET, Dr Emma Egging, who has run in almost every GNR since her husband’s tragic accident in 2011. She explains why this year is so special:

“This year’s GNR is particularly meaningful for me as I’ll be running with Nathan, one of our fantastic Blue Skies graduates. Now 18, Nathan was on our very first Blue Skies programme in Norfolk. [He] is just one of the thousands of young people who have been through our programmes since JET was established in 2011.

When Nathan and I are at the GNR starting line nervously lacing up our trainers on the 10th September, we will be running to raise awareness for all those young peoples’ achievements and to raise funds to help ensure we can continue to change young peoples’ lives for the better, long into the future.”

Read Emma’s full article here.

Here’s the full line-up of JET runners this year:

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