Guest blog post from Jo!
I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for sponsoring me to do The Great North Run!! Your support means a lot, and the money raised for Cancer Research UK is fantastic – £450!! Thank you! The charity does brilliant work, and it means a lot to me and my family.
So. I did it!!
It was an incredible day, and the whole experience was fantastic, although some of it was a bit little horrendous at the same time! The start of the event was overwhelming, I hadn’t imagined just what a huge event this is, and when we arrived I couldn’t believe it. The atmoshere was electric, and I’ve never seen so many people! Everyone was really excited, and The Red Arrows did their first fly by! Good old Ant and Dec were there to start us off, and they read out all the charities we were running for as we went passed, which raised a bit of a tear to the eye of many, just seeing what everyone was doing and why, and how determined people were. On the back of people’s vests they could put who they were running for, and one teenage lad had put, very simply, ‘Me Mam’, and that just about did it for me.
Then we got going, and the start was really exciting – running across Tyne Bridge was brilliant! The Geordie crowds were out in full and were fantastic at cheering us on etc.
It was at mile 4 that things got tough, as it was really humid and we were approaching the quiet, barren and unrelenting uphill dual carriageway. At this point there was a massive banner overhead, which read: ‘Feeling tired? Train more next time’. Probably best I don’t repeat my thoughts from that moment!
We plodded on though and the Geordes really did their best for us, ‘Come on pet!’, ‘Rich tea biscuit?’, and there were some people were outside their houses with hosepipes, spraying us to cool us down! Brilliant.
At about mile 10 the sky turned leaden, (as did my legs), and at mile 11 the heavens opened with a torrential downpour, which I really enjoyed at first! Then it got quite tiring… I’m sure these miles were longer than normal miles! But the Geordies once again came to the rescue, ‘Almost there lass!’, ‘Come on!’, and they still turned out a massive grinning crowd despite the weather.
So I stumbled and tottered along to the finish line, and you’ll see the ever so attractive picture taken at this point!! haha, I was so relieved that I’d finished though. My time was 2hours 53 minutes. I’d hoped to do a lot better, but going on holiday for 2 weeks before and eating cheese and drinking mojitos probably didn’t help. It wasn’t mentioned in the training schedule for some reason?! I’m just massively relieved to have done it, especially as in February I couldn’t even run for more than two minutes at a time!
Thanks again for your support, it really means a lot, and it helped me plod on more than you’ll ever know!