Two Thames Valley Air Ambulance paramedics will be joining an all-female team of air ambulance staff taking part in the Great North Run.

Critical care paramedics Emma Gray and Hannah Hirst are part of the 20-strong group from 13 air ambulance charities across the UK.

The team are tackling the challenge to enhance their mental and physical wellbeing but also to inspire other women to pursue roles within pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM).

The Great North Run is on September 8, which happens to be during Air Ambulance Week.

A second all-female team will also be participating in the New Forest half marathon on the same day.

These challenging runs come against the backdrop of a male-dominated PHEM industry, where men significantly outnumber women.

Ms Gray, who contributed to the team's assembly, said: "Far fewer women than men apply for roles within our sector.

"I strongly believe that role models can help us realise what's possible, and I hope our team will inspire women to believe in themselves.

"Whether it's crossing the finish line of a challenging run or applying for a job you didn't think was open to you - with training, hard work and self-belief, you might be surprised at what you can achieve."

Thames Valley Air Ambulance serves people across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, funded solely by the public's donations.

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