So up here in the North East this weekend we yet again celebrated another successful Great North Run. An event where many hit the sidelines to watch thousands of runners push themselves to the limit to reach the 13.1 mile finish line, along the coast in South Shields, with a time they were hopefully happy with. From charity runners, to people running simply for the adrenaline rush of taking part in a half marathon, everybody was ready to see what their race had to bring.
The Great North Run is the largest half marathon to take place in the world. It all started in June 1981 when a total of 12,000 runners took part, Phil our Managing Director being one of them. Over the years we watched as the amount of participants slowly started to increase with nearly 55,000 taking part in 2011. Every year, on what quite possibly will be a rainy morning, thousands of runners take to the starting line here in Newcastle.
Many celebrities take part each year, including this years record time winner Mo Farah, who finished the run in a incredible 59 minutes!
We were lucky enough to have our marketing manager Rachel, and friend Andy from Elite Physique Fitness Cramlington, running it this year for UK charity Macmillan. With just 1 week of notice after taking the place of somebody else, they got started on their training.
Andy managed to finish the race in a excellent 1.44, ranking in the top 3000 runners, with Rachel closely behind finishing it in 2.05. After hurting her knee in training she was rather proud of her finishing time. We also managed to get a snippet of TV footage Andy wearing his B Sunglasses t-shirt near to the finish line, shared on our Facebook Page – GNR 2015 | TV Footage
In the end they managed to raise a staggering £980 for their chosen charity, an excellent result all round. If you would like to donate to Macmillan you can do so through the link given below. It would greatly appreciated. https://ow.ly/Si1aY