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Great North Run 2010

Well, I’ve decided that yet again I’ll participate in this years Great North Run.  I’ve done it twice now and to be honest, I wouldn’t feel quite complete if I didn’t do it.  Ok ok, so I’m not an elite athlete in the least, but I do enjoy running and I do my best every year.  My first attempt I managed 2 hours 20 minutes and last year was 2 hours 12 minutes (Would’ve been less but I stopped to help a girl who decided it was a good idea to faint right in front of me!)

In case you don’t know what the Great North Run actually is, it’s possibly the biggest running event, globally, in the running calendar.  It’s a half mararthon (13.1 miles) that starts in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne and ends near the coast at South Shields.  Luckily, I live right between Newcastle and South Shields, so I can practice the route beforehand.  It’s quite ‘up and down’ compared to some running courses I’ve been on, but it’s a great route….  very scenic! 

This year the run celebrates it’s 30th anniversary, so there’s been literally tens of thousands of people wanting a place.  Hence, the general ballot for places filled up very quickly!  An approximate figure of ‘100,000’ entrants was recorded this year, each wanting one of the 54,000 places available, however there were many disappointed faces as some people didn’t get a place to run.  I was one of the many unlucky runners who didn’t get their own place, however not to fear!

I contacted Tony Horne at Metro Radio who hosts a morning radio show in my area and he told me to get in contact with the station, as they still have places for their nominated charity called ‘Cash for Kids’.  Basically, they help disadvantaged children in the North East who have suffered from abuse and neglect, who are disabled and have special needs, or just simply need some extra care and guidance.  They gave me a place straight away, so long as I can raise at least £300 for Cash for Kids, which i think should be quite easy! 

So, I’ve started running again after a few months off (I actually suffered from an injury last year, so haven’t ran properly since October 2009!!) and I’m looking for some very generous people who can help me raise the £300 (and more!) for Cash for Kids.

You can visit my JustGiving page which is HERE  and you can donate using your credit/debit card. 

Anyway, thanks for reading today and I’ll have a few updates soon! 




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