I ran my first Great North Run in 2006. It was my first half marathon and took me 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Since then, I’ve run every single one expect for 2012 which was the husband’s 40th birthday. I’ve got my half marathon time down to 2 hours 15 although recently it’s stuck at around the 2 hours 20/25 mark.
I absolutely love the Great North Run. It’s amazingly well organised, the atmosphere and the spectators are fantastic and I get a lump in my throat every time the Red Arrows go over. I run with a good friend and we travel to Newcastle on the train together then she waits for me at the end and we go home.
This year we said would be our last GNR. It’s getting expensive and to someone who trains in flat York the whole course feels like it’s uphill. But I might have changed my mind on the finish line…we’ll see!
This year was astonishingly hot for September in the grim North East of England. I knew as soon as I set off I would struggle with the heat so put any thoughts of a PB out the window and focused on enjoying the run. There are bands every mile, people in costumes and of course Bus Stop Elvis as mile 11 – love him!
Maybe I just wasn’t in a competitive mood but I felt like I’d had a nice day out. I finished in 2 hours 28 and I’ll take that – anything over 2 hours 30 and I’ve have been gutted.
I wasn’t the millionth finisher (it looks like she was about an hour after me) but congratulations to her – and to GNR for being such an amazing event.
Happy running this week! 🙂