I always love the build up to the Great North Run. As a non participant, you know it’s coming as the streets of the North East are awash with an increasing number of runners from the end of July. The sign appears on the Tyne Bridge. Then final few weeks sees a dramatic peak of runners!
Then the week after, it all goes quiet!
As a professional, I’m always thrilled when people make me part of their plans. Helping them get to the start line, helping them achieve personal bests, helping them recover.
I love the stories of why people are doing it. For some it’s a regular event. For some a one off treat or experience. So many people are raising money for so many great causes.
If I’m not there watching and cheering everyone on in person, I’ll be tuned in to see everyone make their way from Newcastle to South Shields and show the North East at it’s very best. The Tyne Bridge heavily laden with runners, the Red Arrows paying tribute, the crowds of support, the faces of pain and joy crossing the line in South Shields. So many iconic images which show off our region to the rest of the world.
It’s a world class event we should all be proud of. First to get over 1 million runners over the finish line, this year getting a runner from every country around the course this year, a British institution. Inspiring people to get fit and stay fit for decades. Thank you Brendan and your team.
So whatever you’re doing on Sunday, take time out to appreciate and celebrate the Great North Run and everyone running the 13.1 miles. Cheer them on, donate a few quid, then buy them a pint when they’re done.