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Great North Run 2014

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 07:28

Morning everyone 

Hello Stringy (that was a flying visit).

Vixx - nice marathon photos - but 'ouch' on running most of a marathon with chaffed legs.

OS - well done on getting into London!  I'm thinking about another marathon (thanks for the tip about Manchester, Vixx). After the hell that was Sunderland, I only want to do a flat one, so either Manchester, Abingdon, Lochaber (if it's being organised next year) or Edinburgh;  but on the other hand the thought of another winter of marathon training doesn't exactly make my heart sing - it's only just starting to get darker at nights but already it's a chore to get out there after work.  What I really need is a part-time job with full-time money so I can train in daylight 

I did 5 miles (fastish) after work last night and afterwards my right knee was really sore for the rest of the night, which was a bit of a worry.  But I put some Voltarol gel on it and it feels better this morning so fingers crossed a bit of rest is all it needs.

Have a good day everyone!

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Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:01

Well done on your 22 miler, BP, and good luck for York.  Enjoy the taper.

I didn't get into VLM either ... I'm so pleased I was lucky enough to have experienced it in 2011 and would love for the chance to do it again but I'm not too disappointed.

One thing's for sure, I will NOT be doing the '(almost) Marathon of the North' again.

10 miles for me today in lovely sunshine.

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Posted: 23/09/2013 at 21:07

Hi Wee Col - did you get the photo I emailed you of me, you and Dasher Dart in the Sanddancer?

I've only done 2 runs since the GNR and they've both been really tiring on my legs.  On my 5 miler tonight it felt like the whole of my left leg was gradually seizing up on me - my quad, my hamstring and my calf.  My right leg however is fine.

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Posted: 21/09/2013 at 14:01

Well done BP.  It's now looking unlikely I'll be down to cheer on people doing the York marathon as I'm working the day before (Saturday) and I was hoping to make a long weekend of it .  But best of luck to everyone running it.

Was a lovely morning today, but I'm stuck in work this afternoon.

The weather is beginning to get colder, but I'm looking forward to those lovely autumn days, where it's cold but bright sunshine and the leaves start to change colour - magic!

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Posted: 20/09/2013 at 16:51

My first post-GNR run this afternoon.  7 miles at 9.10m/m which is a bit faster than I was planning and my legs started to ache after about a mile.  It was enjoyable to be back out running though.

Now counting the hours until it's wine o clock.


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Posted: 18/09/2013 at 19:34
Stephen Mackin wrote (see)

JJ8 - If I were you I'd park at a Metro station on the Sunderland - Newcastle - Airport line, catch the Metro to the start (I caught one at 09:20 this year from East Boldon Metro Station), gets you to the start for around 10:05. Then you return on the Metro from South Shields, change at Pelaw back on to the Sunderland - Newcastle line (the Green one on the Metro map) and you're back at your car and better still clear of all of the post run trafic and straight on to the A19 or A1 south.


But that means you would still have the hassle of walking to the metro Station (well over a mile away) and then the potentially massive queue to get on a metro. I think I'd rather just jump in my car at the end - at least if it starts pelting down you're snug and warm and not stuck in a long queue?

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Posted: 17/09/2013 at 18:04

So nice to hear the reports of newbies (on this thread and the last one) who had a great time and want to come back for more.

Now off to see if there's any (decent!) photos of me.

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Posted: 17/09/2013 at 11:33

Great write-up, Deidre

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Posted: 16/09/2013 at 13:16

Narrow Feet - that's a great achievement for your mate.

And very well done to you too.

Stephen Mackin - that bloke didn't seriously think he could re-trace his steps and find his keys, did he?  A couple of years ago my bum bag fell apart along the Felling by-pass, so I lost my bus pass, gels, lip balm, money and key to my bike lock.  I had no chance of getting them back as the road sweepers that follow the route pick up everything in their wake.  Fingers crossed he dropped them outside his hotel.

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Posted: 16/09/2013 at 12:10

I took my bike down to Shields on Saturday night, chained it up next to where the baggage buses would be, so the next day I finished the race, got my bag, unlocked my bike, went for a pint in the Sanddancer and cycled back home to Jarrow going past all the cars stuck in traffic.

I did get soaked through however, as I forgot to pack a jacket with my change of clothes.

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