The worlds biggest half marathon. 54 000 people all following the same path, taking the same steps, sharing the same experience.
Started in 1981 by Athletics legend and commentator Brendan Foster, the run was inspired by the Round the Bays race in New Zealand. He devised a point to point race from Newcastle to Sunderland, his home town.
3 of our roadrunners were lucky enough to win places in the ballot. Keith Ruth, Glen Jones and Steve Hunt all made the journey right upto the north of the country.
“What a monster of an event!” beams Glen “I thought it would be like the Great South Run, but 43 000 people made it very different”
It kicked off at 10.40am from Claremont Drive in Newcastle with Sir Mo Farah leading them out at the front of the pack. The route took the field through the city centre and across the Tyne Bridge.
“I was lucky enough to have been on the Tyne Bridge when the Red Arrows did their flyover. It was a real highlight” said Glen
The runners then headed toward Gateshead and finally to the last mile on the seafront at South Shields.
Our terrific trio all ran well, with Glen and Steve both running themselves to a PB, and Keith being just outside his.
“Yes it was great. I started off well then slowed a bit near the end when the hill started. I got a pb and knocked 21 minutes off last years time. I was worried about my knee holding out but it was ok. It was a fantastic weekend. I can’t wait for the Great South Run!” said Steve
“I am chuffed, I set myself a target and stuck to it” said Keith, a great result as he has been dogged by injury this year.
Glen Jones – 1.47.28
Keith Ruth – 1.52.33
Steve Hunt – 2.08.36