So the big day arrived.... 9 months or so after musing the ideas of doing the Great North Run in memory of my uncle-in-law Martin Tyler, the day arrived.
06:00 - alarm went off a bit too early but we were staying about 30 miles from Newcastle and with expected crowds of 250,000 we thought it best to get up and at em early on.
07:00 - Holiday cottage packed away, kids fed, runner full of porridge and a banana
07:40 - Driving along the route of the run, it's eerily quiet, all the banners are up, all the mile markers are in the central reserve. The excitement begins to build
07:50 - Ticket bought for the 4 mile trip from Heworth to Newcastle
08:05 - Decide to follow everyone else assuming that they are heading for the start.... a good call as they are
08:25 - Loitering about mingling with other runners, chatting to people, listening to the compare on the tannoy. I really need the loo (again...)
09:00 - Baggage put onto the bus, the holding areas are getting busy and the toilet queues are building.
09:45 - one last loo stop before entering the starting pen. Not been able to meet up with any of my other friends / relations who were running but never mind, the banter and joking in the holding pen is great.
10:05 - Wheelchair elite get their send off
10:25 - Ladies elite Start
10:40 - Our start and the red arrows.
11:15 - i run passed Ellie Simmonds and Mo Farah on the way to the end
Plenty of banter, high fiving, Fridge Man, jelly babies, music, cheering, did i mention the rain, ooh and water being given out by Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, a few aches, the last 2 miles are hurting, there's my family 200m from the end.....
13:14 - 13.1 miles down i cross the finish line seconds before the Red Arrows display team kick off
A very respectable 1 hour 59 minutes and 21 seconds, a personal best (well it was my first, so it was always going to be so!)
This was a great day but sad at the same time. So many people were running in memory of loved ones, doing something helps keep their memory alive.
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