Lucozade Sport Super Six: Great North Run 2008

Don't miss the final chapter in the incredible journey of our six Bupa Great North Run challengers


Posted: 6 October 2008

From nervous first-timers to injury-frustrated veterans, self-confessed plodders to sub-1:25 hopefuls, over the last few months our six Bupa Great North Run hopefuls have been sharing all their training highs and lows right here online.

Experienced half-marathon runner and UK club coach, Steve Smythe, has been dishing up real-time training advice live in the forums and each of the runners have been getting their teeth into personalised nutrition guidance from the sports scientists at Lucozade Sport.

And that's not all: our team also met and trained alongside Lucozade Sport running ambassador and Olympic marathon runner Liz Yelling (don't miss Liz's half-marathon training advice here).

Now, with the race behind them, it's time to reflect on their race-day experience and the rollercoaster journey of the last eleven weeks ...

Jason Bowers (aka saintjason)
Finish Time: 1:20:19 (Target time - 1:25)
Jason says: I can never really remember races - all I know is that because I was running faster than I’ve ever done, it was harder than I thought it was going to be...
Read more (Updated 06/10/08)

Catherine Charlton (aka CC2 - Speedy Goth)
Finish Time: 1:35:23 (Target time - 1:35)
Catherine says: My time might not have been quite what I was hoping for but it is still a new PB, and the fastest I’ve ever run!
Read more (Updated 06/10/08)

Sue Thompson (aka Pleased of Higham)
Finish Time: 1:46:04 (Target time - 1:45)
Sue says: The clock said 1:45:59 when I crossed the line, but I’m sure my chip time will add on a few seconds. I’m really chuffed nonetheless – it’s still a PB by three minutes!
Read more (Updated 06/10/08)

Bryan Milne (aka Bryan the Snail)
Finish Time: 2:06:59 (Target time - 2:00)
Bryan says: All the way round I was thinking I could be on target for a PB but when I got to the end, I just didn’t have quite enough. I do feel I did as well as was to be expected though.
Read more (Updated 06/10/08)

Tracy Turner (aka keep going lass, you can do it)
Finish Time: 2:12:59 (Target time - 2:15)
Tracy says: Everything’s come together over the last three weeks, and at no point in the race did I think I wasn’t going to be able to do it – in fact, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment!


Read more (Updated 06/10/08)
Guy Domville (aka Dump Truck)
Finish Time: 1:50:26 (Target time - to finish)
Guy says: Running is something I’ve never been able to do, but today’s proven that I have got what it takes to run a half-marathon.

Read more (Updated 06/10/08)

Introducing the experts...

The Coach: Steve Smythe
Experienced club coach and former RW contributor Steve Smythe has run some 100 half-marathons, averaging 76 minutes and with a current PB of 70 minutes. He has also coached a club team that won the British Women's Half-Marathon Championships, who with an average age of almost 50, all set PBs. One of the athletes also finished third in the British Half-Marathon Championships and during her career has won the Hastings, Reading, Paddock Wood, Tunbridge Wells, Hereford and Dartford Half -Marathons.
The Sports Scientists: Tommy, Tess, Phil, Jaymie and Sarah
The Lucozade Sport Performance Team (LSPT) is a team of dedicated sports scientists based across the UK who attend sporting events and clubs to provide sports nutrition and hydration advice. Each of the team perform at a high level in their chosen sports and use their education and own experiences to provide key information at seminars and in the nutrition plans they create.


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