St John Ambulance give vital first aid at Great North Run
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
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