The weekend didn’t start to well as I woke up with a stinking cold on Friday morning, but I was determined to go on! We decided to go over to Newcastle on the Friday night, which enabled us to get some shopping in, on Saturday morning!
By Saturday afternoon we headed down to the quayside to watch a bit of the sporting action that was going on and found ourselves standing in front of Colin Jackson and Jonathan Edwards as they presented the live BBC programme. We decided to stay here as all the sports people were being interviewed after their event. We managed to get a few photos and autographs (after pushing our way past the kids!) including Christine Ohuruogu, double Olympic gold medallist!
As well as the sporting events there was a sports show and pasta party which you got free entry to. We went in for our free portion of pasta and ate it while Antony Audenshaw (Bob from Emmerdale) and his band sang a few songs.
Sunday was the main event! We headed down to the start line early in the morning, to make sure we didn’t get lost. We were located in section K which was at the back and at 10:45am it was kick off but we only crossed the start line about 30 minutes later! The atmosphere was amazing with everybody there having their own story to tell which was very emotional.
The people all the way around the course were brilliant, some were out with hose pipes to cool us down as it was a very hot day, others with water and we even got offered a chocolate biscuit at about mile 10! Thousands of others were there, it was like the whole of Newcastle and South Shields were there to cheer us on and it was much needed.
I dragged myself across the finish line 2 hours 48 minutes and 48 seconds later! I was extremely pleased as I was aiming to do it in 3 hours. My Mam just beat me doing it in 2 hours 40 minutes but next year I’ll beat her!
It was an amazing day and so far we have raised around £300 for help the hospices so a big thank you to those that have sponsored me. If anyone else would like to sponsor me you can do it on my website: http://www.justgiving.co.uk/Louise-Thomson/