Great North Run 2014

Oggy oggy oggy, oi oi oi !!

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15/09/2013 at 09:22

Well if my calculations are correct, right about now shrek will be dressed in some strange costume offering bits of fruity malt loaf round, mandie will be either laughing or crying, shielsey will be in the bushes carrying her bucket looking for a 'quiet' spot, jovi will be somewhere having not quite made it to the meeting point yet again, stringy will be standing arms folded telling a funny story, cc2 will be in her pen warming up like a 'proper' athlete and im at home having just finished washing the kitchen floor, damn you plantar fasciitis !!

So being injured gives me the opportunity to sneak in and start the GNR 2014 thread before anyone else  

All that is left to say is, i bloody love the GNR and anyone who's doing it today or this time next year, good luck and you will love it.

Oggy oggy oggy oi oi oi !!!!

15/09/2013 at 11:45

Mr SJ - at least only your floor is wet. I'm soaking and I'm not even running. Having failed miserably to get to the finish before the elites I'm sheltering from the rain with a coffee.

15/09/2013 at 11:49

Watching this from home.  3rd edition I've missed in a row due to the same illness. Had got up to 9, so will get number 10 run one day.  On the plus side, did get to watch that super finish!!

Hope everyone who runs today enjoys it!  

15/09/2013 at 11:52

What a finish to the men's race!! And Paula's course record still stands

15/09/2013 at 15:27

Mr SJ, are you sure you weren't actually there? At 9.22 I actually was in my pen, jogging up and down with LouLou from Fetch. Scary!

The weather wasn't as bad as predicted, just the one downpour. 1.25.21 for me, which was faster than I dared hope for after the injury lay off, but tantaslingly close to 1.25. I'll have to go for that at Robin Hood in two weeks time. I had a stitch from 3 to 8 that never entirely went away, so it should be do-able. 

15/09/2013 at 15:29

Well done CC2- I got all emotional just watching it on TV! 

15/09/2013 at 16:10

Checking in to the thread's first page (hopefully).

Unbelievably (given the amount of cake I've eaten over the summer) I managed to snag a pb ... 1:45:59.  I'm over the moon.  Especially since I had to stop twice ... once to use the portaloos and then again to re-pin the number back onto my vest - the rain made it go all soggy.

Felt ok until the final few miles - and it just seemed uphill all the way this year from start to finish.

Had a lovely meet-up with Wee Col and his entourage, and Dasher Dart in the Sanddancer at the end.  Then it was a 6 mile cycle home, but at least I was passing all the cars stuck in traffic.  In fact I think the cycle home was tougher than the race - I was cycling into the wind and lashing rain.


15/09/2013 at 16:17

XL's 4-part run plan

Run one  -  5 miles. (DON'T think about anything further) Huge crowds, great atmosphere, bands. Take it steady, not too fast, you've run five miles or further loads of times. Enjoy the spectacle, and remember you are part of it. Those inspirational pictures of thousands running across the Tyne Bridge; Red Arrows trailing the red, white and blue vapours; you're in them this year. Yes, you're in the Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon. Enjoy!
Run two - 3 miles. Forget the 5 behind you, they're done. Think only of the next three. Three miles? Piece of cake, you've done 9, 10, 11 .. much more in training. These three are all downhill, wheeeeeee !! Great news for those of you after PBs for the event, or even if it's your first time and you have a target. Go for it here, within reason. Unfortunately, the road narrows, so you may notice it feeling a little more congested. Be careful.
Run three - 3 miles. SLOW DOWN. This is where you need your mental toughness. Console yourself with the fact that even the élites slow down here. It's a bit of a slog up the John Reid Road etc and there's not much to enjoy, but hey, if it was easy, the medal wouldn't be as important to you would it? If you're a run/walk person this is where you may want to be taking extra walks, and psych yourself up, but don't start thinking about the finish yet. Just get to 11 miles.
Run four - 2.1 miles. That's nowt ! Of course you're tired but you're nearly there. Now, start to tell yourself that you've done it (almost) the goody bag is waiting for you, go and get it. Gan canny down that bank! (But not as canny as Mo, if you're at the front) The last mile and a bit up the sea front is fantastic, and yes, it’s more than a mile. Huge crowds yelling at you, the end is nigh. Let your spirits fly, even if you're knackered. You can stop soon. If you're after a time, push, you know you are fit, you have prepared well, and as tired as you will feel when you cross the line, the elation will speed your recovery. Well done, you've finished the GREAT NORTH RUN 2011. Get your medal and wear it with pride.

15/09/2013 at 17:21

Watched it at home in Nottingham this year - put telly on pause at 9:30, went out and did my current LSR (8.35 miles at 10:12 pace), watched the race once my wife & kids were back from church...we were both screaming "come on Mo!" at the TV

I'll be entering the ballot for next year, not done it since 1991, it's about time I did it again, we used to go cheer the runners on just before Heworth roundabout when I was a kid

15/09/2013 at 17:33

Here we go again another year another great forum to join in on. Next year will be running for a PB - this year was to help my daughter in her first half marathon and that was so great and now an even proud dad. Great to meet up with the crowd at start.

15/09/2013 at 17:33

Just watched the highlights on TV.  My friend Elaine from my running club made a 'guest appearance' at the end, when Mo was trying to catch up with Bekele ... they both passed her and she shouted at Mo to catch him, lol.

That was really exciting ... it must've been great to watch live, down at the coast!

15/09/2013 at 17:51

Yes, I saw Elaine too - recognised her from the Monkton track meetings this summer. Well done with your PB Shielsy. There were some great times from my club and it looks like conditions were good for fast times.

15/09/2013 at 18:09

Hello and well done to all who ran today, and congratulations to those who got PB's too!

I love that XL's plan made it onto page 1

15/09/2013 at 19:47

Ran a PB 1:57 today with cramps from mile 4 onwards. Shoukd have been nearer the 150/55 mark. 


Over the moon to get under 2 hours and cant wait for next year


XL- Great advice, any first timers in 2014 use this advice. I set off like a jack rabbit and was kaput bt the time I reached JR Road,


Still managed a sprint finish mind


Congrats to all who took part!!!!

15/09/2013 at 19:47

After doing the 5k race at newcastle yesterday I'm wanting a place in next years GNR.... looks awesome

15/09/2013 at 20:00

i watched this today and will definately be doing it next year. Training plan already in progress (thanks LouiseG).

My concern about doing it is starting at one end and finishing miles away. I dont think my wife will be able to find the finish. So how does it work for all us non club runners with no real support apart from friends and family bearing in mind i live in Manchester.

15/09/2013 at 20:14

Well done to all those who got a PB today! Weather certainly not as bad as feared. No PB or me , but did go 32 secs quicker than last time, so suppose I shouldn't be too disheartened. Final time was 2:21:05. D'oh, those 5 secs. I am determined to get 2:15! 

To be honest I struggled both physically and mentally this year from about 9.5 miles, which is really annoying as had done that with ease during training. For some reason it also felt like it was nothing but steady climbing this year!

Think I expended a lot of energy dodging people, and it certainly seemed busier this year,not only on the course, but getting clear of the metro station, the queue for the loos and even trying to get into the pen. That being said, will I enter the ballot for next year? Hell yes! 

Hope everyone is fit and have/had safe journeys back.

Roll on 2014!

15/09/2013 at 20:17

John Jenkins, I ran for the first time today and my partner dropped me at the start and drove to the end to meet me, it was well signposted and you get maps in the race pack. Although it took him longer to drive it than it did for me to run it! Next year I'd prob use the Metro. Everyone is in the same boat on the day and you find it easy to know what to do.


15/09/2013 at 22:09

thanks Misssunshine.

15/09/2013 at 23:34

Just got home, finally !

another great year and I managed 2hrs 30 with a bad knee, I'm happy with that and 5 mins quicker than last year 

was good till miles 6 then Nagano to get some stiffness in the knee, walked a bit then set off again till mile 8. By now it was not liking it and letti g me know big time !

got to the boost zone somehow and from then just a little ish miles to go.

saw sponge cake on the coast road then a nice lady helped me finish, I had apparently be her pacemaker for the last 6 miles 

next year I'm putting in some serious training and getting a better time.

well done done everyone today, see you all next year

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