Let the search for our six-strong Bupa Great North Run team begin...
Name: Anthony Blacker
Running History: All 27 prevoius Great North Runs (best of 1 hour 23 mins). 15 Marathons (best of 3 hours 13 mins). Plus several other Half-Maratons, including Bath, Bristol, Watford, Ely & Borehamwood. Also numerous 10ks and 5ks.
Half-marathon goal: I'd like to get back under 2 hours, say 1 hour 45 mins.
Why you should train me: Basically my training is slightly unstructuted, I just get out & run, though I only do 2 or 3 miles in a session and hardly any speed work. I need a bit of a push to kick start things again.
Started running in 1999 after having breast cancer at the age of 29. I wanted to get fit ater all my treatment and asked a friend to join me at the gym. She said yes as long as I joined her in a run. After an agreement had been made, off we went. My first run was worse than my first chemo session. After a few months I joined the Womens running network, and then went on to organise one of their groups. I then had a reoccurance of my cancer so took a few months out to get that sorted, then it was back to the running and a charity place in the Londn marathon for Regain, a charity for helping disabled people in sport. Did the London marathon and then seemed to lose the love of running. Took a few years out but decided to get back into it 2 years ago. Have done 2 halves this year but were last minute entries and were not impresive results.
I could greatly benefit from RW training as I have been drifting with my training. I am very disciplined with myself but am lacking in the knowledge to make the most of my ablities. My goal is to achieve a 1.50 half marathon. I honestly believe that with the right coaching I can achieve this. To run in the great North run in my 40th year would be great. I was looking for that special run to do this year.
Name - M.ister W
Running History – I started running in 2002 and ran my first half marathon in 2003. Since then I've run about 10 half marathons, two marathons, two ultras and ironman. My half marathon PB is 1:37.
My running career progressed through the usual route over several years. 10km, half marathon then marathon. I then diverted my attention to triathlon and, under the guidance of the pirates, tackled ironman in 2007. That year I also discovered ultras, running the Thames Ultra then Tring 2 Town in Feb 2008. Since then I have struggled to get back my motivation. I had decided before T2T that my next challenge would be to go for a 1:30 half but moving home, and running club, and various other personal upheavals have left me unable to get motivated. I would still like to break the 1:30 barrier but need some help to get my training back on track.
Half Marathon Goal – Sub 1:30
Name: Dave Ramus
Brief running history: started running about 3 years back but never took it seriously (as in just ran the same old route and never pushed myself), its only been the last 6months that i have started taking it seriously, now run with a local club and do between 20 and 30 miles a week (ish). done the usual load of 10k's, 5 milers and 10 milers... its time to crank it up a notch.
Reason why we should train you: well why not? if i am honest my reasons are probably the same as eveyother runner on here - i want to get better. it would be great to have someone who knows what they're on about assess my fitness and help me progress as a runner... thats about it really, so go on, why the hell not hey?!?
Half-marathon goal: not sure i have one yet - thats where you guys come in and help me out to get one
Name - JPenno
Running History – I started running in 2002 after having done nothing for Ten years after knee injury playing football. Picked up a copy of marathon news in a sportshop and deciced to go for a run. Have subsequently ran various first half marathons since including GNR in 2005 in 2hrs 08. My PB is 1:37. having done that twice this year.
Have done FLM twice, but suffered injury in 2006 at 18 miles and then suffered badly in the heat in 2007.
I have also done various triathlons and am aiming to do IMCH in 2009..
Running history. I started running in Sept 07. Prior to this I spent most of my time in the gym getting fit to run. Since January 06 I have gone from a 20 stone 9lb couch potatoe to a more respectable weight of 13 stone 3 lb. I have taken part in 5 races this year, finishing in all of them. The longest to date was an 11 mile multi terrain. My PB in a 10k is 43.02, and at the moment am training to take part in the Cardiff half marathon and then the Endurance for Life coastal series. I am 41 this year and am currently running roughly 50 miles a week.
My reason for entering is I would like to have someone who could help me improve my training and fitness. My ultimate goal is to take part in an ultra, so any help would be great.
Name: Nigel Blacker (Wrinkly)
Brief Running History: I've been running on and off for the last 20 years or so (more off than on). I've done various halfs, 10ks, on road and off-road races. 5 years ago when I turned 40 I did the Great North, Great East, Great West and Great South runs, but didn't do as well as I'd have liked time-wise for the GNR.
Reason: My training has been very random for the last few years, I joined a running club a couple of years ago and my training and times improved. But moved house to be nearer work, and I'm finding it difficult (impossible?) to go home then back out to the running club. If I have others watching me and telling me what runs I need to do then I'll push myself hard, but I've lost my motivation recently. Now I’m limited to running to/from work and round the lanes on a lunchtime. It would be interesting to see if it’s possible to get a good Half-Marathon time on a maximum 7 miles training run. I could run further on a weekend, but that would reduce the time I could spend with my young children.
Goal: 2 targets the first would be to beat my previous time on the GNR (about 1:50) but my official target has to be to beat my PB (1:40) in such a big race.
Name: Mandy Hindle
Brief Running History: Don't scroll too fast down the page or you'll miss it....
I'm one of those local people that always said 'I'm gonna do the Great North Run', but you never actually get around to it. So last year, I entered the ballot for the GNR. I somehow got a place. I spent the year thinking I had plenty of time to train. I went out running about 5-6 times through out the year. Running about 2 - 2.5 miles tops.Then all of a sudden it's the Friday before the race, so I get on my trainer's (Nike Rifts of all things) and run about 6 miles. I managed it, didn't die and it was a bit late to do anything about running any further. I then spent Saturday before the race with my head down the toilet after catching a sickness bug from my 3yr old nephew. I ran the race (in my Rift trainers) and somehow got to the end in 2hrs 33mins with massive blisters on my feet. After running the GNR, I had a new found love for running. The atmosphere at the event was just amazing and I wanted to experience it all again with my partner so entered us both this year. It seriously got me hooked on running and I've been trying to run (without much luck) since the start of the year. I have bursts where I run 3-4 times a week then get sick and give up.
Reason why we should train you: I think I did really well without any training last year and despite the determination I have, I keep lacking motivation. I've joined a running club two weeks ago to try and help keep me going. But when my other half comes out running for the first time and can run quicker and further than you, it's very demoralising after working so hard for so long and I feel like giving up!
Half-marathon goal: - To beat the other half and do it in under 2 hours would be an excellent achievement for someone as slow as me!!
p.s HELP ME PLEASE!!
Name: Roslyn Macpherson
History: Started running about 2003 as a reason to take the dog to the beach. When he died I switched to road running, damaged my knees & stopped. Since then until this January I only ran intermittently, then in January decided to train for a local 5k in June. Ended up running a 10K in March instead, my first ever and so far only race (58 mins 23 secs). I have another 10k for July 19th.
Reason: This is my first-ever half marathon and I got my place through Christian Aid, I’m hoping to raise at least £300 for their work in disaster zones. I live on the island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides where there’s no running club for support or motivation. I also have to tailor my training around rather extreme weather conditions, which can mean no running for weeks at a time. I never thought I’d run a half marathon as soon as this, thinking that maybe next year I’d try & train for the local half-marathon, I’m now at 7 miles. I’m so excited at the training and the sense of achievement. The thought of crossing the finish line of the GNR reduces me to tears already. My youngest daughter is keen on running too and at 7 I really want to set her an example of what anyone can achieve, maybe one day we’ll race together. I want to make my kids and my husband proud.
Goal: 2 hours
Name: Joddly, Female, will turn 45 the week before the GNR.
Brief running history: I've run on and off for 20 years, probably mostly off. Currently in a good phase, getting round FLM 2008 in 3:41:30. I'm useless at speed, as my 5k / 10k times testify, and definitely better over longer distances. Never done the Great North Run before, though I did spend one summer eating revolting energy bars as part of a GNR study apparently designed to see if Glucosamine enrichment improved people's half marathon times - never did manage to find out the result (or even if my bars were placebo!).
Reason why we should train you: Actually, I'm nothing special. I have typical problems - motivation fluctuations, living in the sticks & on a hill, family, job, holiday plans etc. I was hugely motivated by this year's RW FLM Dream Team threads, and think I might be able to help motivate and support others in the same way for the GNR. I'd be honest, moderately un-selfpitying , and sympathetically encouraging. Probably.
Half-marathon goal: 1:40, but also planning Abingdon marathon 2 weeks later so long runs would reflect this (starting RW sub-3:30 plan next week, in fact!).
OK - that's it. Hope you get a good selection, and I look forward to lurking / joining in as appropriate!
Name: CoopsBrief running history: I once ran to the chinese as it was close to closing time. Half marathon pb of 1.36.Reason why we should train you: Because without me, this site would be rubbish.Half-marathon goal: Sod the half marathon, I want a piss up in Newcastle for the weekend.
Running 'seriously' for about the last 5 years, but got much better when I stopped smoking (obviously!) I also hit 40 & thought that was time I got fit for old age creeping up on me. I've only managed to get out n about when hubbys in, & I'm not at work. 2 children limits the amount of free time I have. Recently I've been busy helping with 3 poorly old ladies in my family, so my running time has been severly affected. I've always treated running as 'my time', just 30 mins away from it all. Winning the training package would be a fantastic way to improve my technique (if I've even got 1), it would give me a bit of 'me time' back.
Goal; to be able to finish with a smile on my face!
Half-marathon goal: To knock 5 minutes of my personal best to run a 1hr 23min
Brief Running History: Running for nearly 4 years, after 10 years of inactivity, have run 5 marathons and 7 halfs.
Reasons: I have come a crossroads in my running "career" 18 months ago I ran 1:33 in a gale at Silverstone but following the 2007 FLM things have gone belly up with performances going backwards despite more training. I need to know whether I have to accept the onset of old age (45) or whether a more structured training plan will put me back on course to achieving my goals.
Goal: Sub 1:30
Running History: I started running a few years ago, and although it’s been somewhat on and off I’ve taken running a lot more seriously over the past year. I’ve done a few races over the last year – my 10K PB is 1hr 4mins. I have also done a half marathon, getting in at 2hrs 22mins and 35 seconds, and had a really good day!
My goal is to finish a half marathon in under 2 hours – but I would be happy with sub 2hrs 10mins at the moment! But I also have another goal – to get round without any walking breaks! Even though I have completed races from 5K up to a half marathon I barely manage to run 2 miles at a time without a walking break, and I feel that I really need to get rid off them if I’m ever going to speed up! Also - to reach the finish, happy and proud of myself! Thanks for reading
Name: Dave C
Running History. Until 3 years ago, school was the last time I had ever run further than a mile. I was that man that said 'I can't run' or 'I don't have time'. Then at age 36 I encountered one of lifes dilemma's - did I want to be fat at 40 or fit at 40? I vowed to myself that I would be fit. On my first run I stupidly ran 250 yards flat-out and then nearly collapsed. There had to be an better way and that is when I stumbled across the Runners World web-site. I haven't looked back. From the beginners 5k plan I have gone through 10k and half marathon training. Running has helped transformed my life. I have lost 2 stone in weight and am fitter than I have ever been. I turn 40 in August.
Reasons why you should train me: I am up for the challenge. I thrive on well structured routines so following an agreed plan is running right up my street. I'd be happy to share my experiences and would do that in a light-hearted manner. I'm no elite athlete and can relate to the average joe public runner that can't run 70 miles per week, has a busy job and a family to tend to.
Half Marathon Goal: to beat my previous time of 1:46:19 and build a solid base for running the New York Marathon in November.
I don't care what stunts you pull RW, I am not doing it.
I wont I tell you, I wont.
Now leave me alone.
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