Bo’ness runner wins chance to compete in Great North Run

Craig Hannah won a competition thanks to Ineos Grangemouth to go to the Great north Run in Newcastle.
Craig Hannah won a competition thanks to Ineos Grangemouth to go to the Great north Run in Newcastle.

A keen amateur runner won the trip-of-a-lifetime thanks to his commitment to the sport and encouraging youngsters to get fit.

Craig Hannah (51) from Bo’ness won a VIP package from his employers Ineos Grangemouth to attend the Great North Run in Newcastle.

To win the competition he had to submit a presentation on how he got involved in sport, his volunteering roles in the community and how he inspires young people to get involved in sport and fitness.

He made a DVD explaining how his running career started at the age of 16, with a medal collection of 51, and that he is heavily involved in youth projects in Bo’ness.

Craig was the only UK winner for the worldwide competition and once in Newcastle, he got to start the children’s Go Run for Fun Ineos 5k. He then competed in the half marathon on the Sunday.

Craig said: “The whole experience was surreal. Running with over 55,000 people was incredible and then at the end getting to rub shoulders in the VIP tent with the likes of Brian Cox, Paula Radcliffe and Frank Bruno.”

He even got to meet the founder of the Great North Run and acclaimed former athlete, Brendan Foster (pictured inset).

The Ineos firefighter believes that children should be given every opportunity to get outside and enjoy running.

He said: “I volunteer at St Andrew’s Church and work with the 2nd Bo’ness Boys’ Brigade and try to get the kids out training and
running.

“My philosophy is to get children playing in the real world, instead of the virtual one.”

Craig’s volunteer work got him nominated to hold the Olympic torch in 2012.

He said: “I got to keep my torch and use it as an example to kids of what doors sport and volunteering can open for you.”