St John Ambulance give vital first aid at Great North Run

 St John Ambulance team

Last weekend St John Ambulance North East volunteers helped provide vital first aid cover at the Bupa Great North Run.

Volunteers on hand to help

Our presence was once again a vital part of the success of this iconic half marathon, which runs from Newcastle to South Shields.

Because it is such a big event, St John Ambulance is one of many medical organisations who plan and support the run, including the British Red Cross, North East Ambulance Service, Race Doctors, and the event organisers Nova International.

154 of our highly trained staff and volunteers were on hand to tend to the first aid needs of both runners and supporters. We covered 11 medical hubs along the route as well as 8 ambulances with many first aiders out on foot patrol.

The glorious sunshine unfortunately meant many people needed treatment for heat related conditions, such as dehydration and heat exhaustion. But there were plenty of medical staff on hand to treat them so they were able to continue enjoying the day by cheering from the side-lines or racing to the finish line.

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Thank you to our staff and volunteers

Andrew Trotter, St John Ambulance’s North District Manager, said: ‘As expected, with thousands lining the streets to cheer on the runners, we dealt with many different incidents, especially heat related.

‘I'd personally like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers who gave up their time to provide first class care.’

The St John Ambulance team included healthcare professionals, ambulance crews, first aiders, cycle responders and support staff. Among the runners we also had Simon Dunn, our North East Regional Director and ten participants running the 13km race. Together they raised much needed funds to help us achieve our goal of building a nation of first aiders. Help support our life saving work.