Following brain tumour surgery in June 2017, KP Simpson Accountant’s Managing Director is ready to take on the Great North Run this September.

South Shields born Andrew Potts was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May 2017 before facing surgery the following month in June. Unable to drive following the operation, Andrew began training for the 13.1 mile run just three-months post-surgery by running from his KP Simpson Accounting offices in Jarrow to his home in Cleadon.

Having ran the Great North Run at the age of 18 and again at the age of 35, Andrew believes he is now more prepared than ever with over 700 miles under his belt in this year alone.
Running for a charity close to his heart, Andrew hopes to raise awareness of The Brain Tumour Charity and support those who are in the situation he was in just over a year ago.

“My aim is to raise as much money as possible to help the charity who raise awareness in identifying that someone has a brain tumour.  I was misdiagnosed three times, and I genuinely believe it is due to lack of understanding in some doctors, which the charity are working hard to rectify.  All charities need money, and if by me raising money for the charity can help someone in the future, then I’m more than happy to put my body through hell.”

Running the famous Newcastle to South Shields route on his own, Andrew looks forward to the atmosphere and that finish line feeling.

The Great North Run will take place on September 9th where over 50,000 participants will make their way from Newcastle to South Shields supporting hundreds of charities across the country.

If you would like to support Andrew’s journey and donate to The Brain Tumour Charity, please visit his JustGiving page at