On Sunday was half marathon number 9 out of 10, the Great North Run.
The forecast for the weekend was windy with heavy rain, so I was a little apprehensive of the run when I woke up on Sunday morning. We had an early start over to Newcastle but the roads were clear and the weather wasn’t too bad, so we got a good run over. The start was in sections, our group started in a mixture of the sections, but luckily most of us were able to start together. We watched the pros warming up and saw the likes of Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie set off in the men’s race as we waited for our time to start. The sheer amount of people meant that it took us just under half an hour to cross the start line! This was by far the biggest race out of our 10, with approximately 56,000 people taking part.
Apart from a shower near the start, the weather was a lot kinder to us than promised and we managed to stay relatively dry. We all got round safely and took in the atmosphere of it all (and the free goodies that people were handing out!). Apart from a struggle to get out of South Shields due to the crowds of people, it was a long but good experience.
The final run of our challenge is taking part on Sunday 6 October, the Cumbrian Run.