AN ISLE of Wight couple will be running alongside 57,000 others in Sunday's Great North Run to raise money for an epilepsy charity.

Samantha, 48, and Ed Jones, 57, will be fundraising for Epilepsy Action — both Samantha and her son, Will, have epilepsy.

The Great North Run is a hugely popular event. It starts in Newcastle, winds across the Tyne Bridge and finishes in South Shields.

Speaking about her epilepsy, Samantha said: "My first seizure started while I was driving. I parked up and the next thing I remember is being picked up from the ground of the car park by paramedics.

"My son, Will, who was eight at the time, used to find it really scary to see me having seizures.

"He went on to develop epilepsy himself, he's now 14.

“This is our third year of doing the Great North Run, and second time for running for Epilepsy Action.

"I’m feeling excited and nervous, but love doing it.

"It is my favourite run and I look forward to doing every year.

"Training is going really well. We've reached 13.1 miles, so I’m really pleased with that."

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