Great North Run 2009

2008 is over, who's up for doing it all again?

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06/10/2008 at 08:37

buga post 40, not on first page this year!!

 Congratulations to all for the 08 run!!

prediction for 09 Definately doing it unless my head falls off 2006 time a shocking 3:20.  2009 prediction 2:30 ish

06/10/2008 at 08:37
damn it 41 not even 40
06/10/2008 at 08:52

LOL - you've got to be quick, Parmo.

Good to see you back.

06/10/2008 at 08:57

Morning all

Confused as to whether to post here or on the 08 thread?

Some great results - well done all!  Especially Shielsy, who has had loads of probs with her legs this year, and was coming down with a cold!  Hope you're feeling better this morning Shielsy.

My result: 2:10.  Half pb previously (March this year 2:13).  Last year's GNR: 2:30!! 

Main prob was weaving past peeps around 7 miles in (?) when the road narrowed.  I was hopping on and off the grass verge on many occasions.  Managed to stick to 10 min/miles throughout though, which was my plan.  Only had one SIS energy gel, as after that my tum was feeling a bit tender.  One quick loo stop (in bushes!) and also a pause to let an ambulance in as a lady had collapsed on the course (around 6 miles in) .  Hope she was OK.  She didn't have a mask on or anything, but looked quite red in the face so think it might have been a case of heat exhaustion.

My legs are feeling canny this morning.  Going into work later this morning - guess what T-shirt I'll be wearing?

06/10/2008 at 08:58
Morning XL!  Nice to meet you yesterday.  Had a little chat with Pengwyn too
06/10/2008 at 08:59

Morning all   How is everyone?

Legs a bit stiff today, but nothing more than after a normal LSR so at least I don't think I've made any injuries worse   Funny that people at work seem to have forgotten that I've done 3 other halves this year, but never mind, I'm enjoying attention - people asking me how I'm feeling, why aren't I limping, and saying they were looking for me on the telly, lol.

Have signed up for the reminder service for next year, now to see if there's any chance of a hotel under £100.  Will make sure I book at least Monday off IF I'm going to do this again....

Have a good day folks!

06/10/2008 at 08:59
Well at least I got in the first 50 posts!
06/10/2008 at 08:59
Morning Yeti! 
06/10/2008 at 09:00

Well done for getting sub-2:15 yeti

06/10/2008 at 09:00

Right gotta go.


06/10/2008 at 09:01

Well done on the PB RTG! Lovely to meet you yesterday - face to name and all that

Know what you mean about the weaving - I was on and off the verges & pavements like nobody's business, and at times got really, really frustrated at coming to a total standstill. I wonder how much faster I'd have been without all that.....   (but then again, I'd have probably gone too fast and burnt out at 10 miles)

06/10/2008 at 09:05

Hi, RtG - good to see you too.

And post here, we need to get to 30,000

Well done on a fantastic achievement - 20 minutes is a huge chunk to take off your GNR time - and a PB for all halfs on that course is something to be very proud of too. Reckon you're going to be walking on air all day.

Well done to you too, Yeti. It was good to see you at the start, and wish you well on your way. See you again next year then?

Edited: 06/10/2008 at 09:08
06/10/2008 at 09:08
Does anyone know how many finishers there were this year?
06/10/2008 at 09:12


My legs surprisingly fine this morning so happy with that. Still managed to get blisteres though despite the vaseline so my toes hurt a bit. Couldn't stop sneezing when I got home so I think the kids' cold was just waiting for me to finish, that was nice of it .

It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be over the last few miles, but at least I know what to expect now. Garmin had me at 13.21, probably with all the weaving (I did start it on the line, not the gun). I have to say I am now worried that I have entered a marathon now. I know I'll do proper training and run it at a slower pace, but I'm scared now!

Congrats to all, lots of PB's there. I guess mine was too, but that's cheating as it was my first half .

Official stats - 1:58:28

Position - 11815

Age - 5996

Gender - 2011

Age and Gender - 1113

My husband told me this morning I apparently beat Kris Akabussi's time so chuffed with that!

06/10/2008 at 09:14

morning XL hows it going?  gonna be more active this post and i'll try to keep up.

06/10/2008 at 09:35

Yeti - no, that wasnt me in loo queue - I have to confess to giving up on the loo queue and using the bushes!

BBS - your race sounds very like mine yesterday!

We normally dont leave the North East to drive back until about 10pm but OH was tired last night so we left at 6.30pm - bad move - the traffic was still really backed up - felt like we were in a traffic jam form Newcastle to Scotch Corner - seemed to quieten down after that. Will definitely go back to leaving later next year. OH said he was tired after walking from S Shileds Metro to finish and then from finish to ferry with me - I said maybe next year he should try running from Newcastle to South Shields to see how tiring it was!

06/10/2008 at 09:37

Great time Kelly - how cool to get under 2 hours

Kind of know what you mean about entering a m******n though!  Mine in 3 weeks time

Post has been - STILL no ballot result for FL* !

Thanks very much for your comments XL - yep, 'walking on air' just about describes it

06/10/2008 at 09:39
JR - took one look at the queues and thought, 'Nah, will have to be bushes'!   And there's no way I'm queuing for loos on the course itself!  In and out of bushes and you're done in well under a minute .
06/10/2008 at 09:40
LMAO jovi he should definately try running it.
06/10/2008 at 09:46

morning all,

legs feeling a bit stiff today but not too bad !! hope everyone ok

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