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Lewis runner Marina Murray achieved a personal best on an emotional day of running on Saturday (11 September), as she took part in one of the first big running events to be held in 2021.

The Great North Run half-marathon in Newcastle was re-routed and socially-spaced to allow competitors to participate as safely as possible. Together with a field of almost 50,000 people, Marina had the chance to cross the Tyne Bridge twice as she covered the 21.1km in 1:32:49.

Marina, who ran in her Stornoway Running and Athletics Club colours, was the fastest female runner in SRAC’s Pentland Road 10k on 4 September, a boost before her big weekend in Newcastle.

She was running to raise funds for Cancer Research in memory of her parents and has seen donations to her page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marina-murray4 top £1,800, with more coming in since she completed the event.

Posting after the run, Marina said: “Mission accomplished – a really incredible event to be able to take part in and emotional at finish. Two-minute personal best (and feeling it now!) Thanks so much for kindness and sponsors.”

The pictures show Marina’s selfie just after finishing her run, and spotted on TV running across the Tyne Bridge (Kirsty Macleod).