THE son and close friend of a multiple sclerosis sufferer are doing the Great North Run in her honour.

Carole Watson, who has had MS for many years, had hoped to tackle the world’s biggest half-marathon herself but she has had to withdraw on doctor’s advice.

Her son Alastair and friend Luke Davies are still taking part though, in aid of the North Durham branch of the MS Society.

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Mrs Watson said: “I have suffered from the debilitating illness of MS for 20 years and became a wheelchair user before I was 40.

“It has been very difficult at times but I have always been determined not to let the MS dictate what I do.

“I am devastated that I can’t take part but so pleased that Mark and Luke have taken up the baton.”

This year’s Great North Run is on Sunday, September 7.

To sponsor Mr Watson and Mr Davies, visit

For more information on the MS Society branch, visit