Putting our region's cancer needs first

First time runner is preparing to take on The Great North Run this September

A first time runner, originally from Sheffield is preparing to take on The Great North Run this September in aid of local cancer research funded by North West Cancer Research.

Saud Khan at the top of a mountain in the Artic

Saud Khan, who recently moved to Newcastle to start a new job working as a doctor at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman hospitals, will be participating in the half marathon alongside 57,000 others on September the 10th in his new hometown.

Saud has already gained £330 in donations towards North West Cancer Research and hopes to raise more in the coming weeks. He shares a lot on social media to help raise money and has received some generous donations from friends and family. 

Since starting his training at the beginning of August this year, Saud has now achieved 10KM in an hour, making massive amounts of progress to complete the run.

Due to his patient-focused role in the NHS, Saud has direct contact with those battling cancer.

He said: “I see patients day in day out who have had their lives turned upside down because of cancer, which is why I have chosen to take part in this year’s Great North Run and raise money for cancer research.

“I have always donated money to different charities and now want to do more to help raise awareness. Not only does cancer affect one person but the entire family. Seeing them having to deal with such intense emotions does make me wonder about life and how fortunate we all are to have our loved ones with us.

“Personally it came down to raising money for the right cause and I felt that North West Cancer Research was definitely at the top of my list.”

North West Cancer Research is an independent charity dedicated to putting the region’s cancer needs first by funding life-saving research and education to tackle the cause, improve the care and find the cure for cancer.

You can support Saud as he takes on the Great North Run at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mohammad-saud-khan