Running the Great North with Dreams Come True
Running with 41,000 people on a crisp sunny day was just brilliant – what an atmosphere!
I’m a keen runner, which meant I didn’t need to start from scratch in terms of training. I run about 4 times a week anyway, so from April onwards I just increased my distances to hit 10 miles before September. I wanted to do The Great North Run because it’s the world’s greatest half marathon and it always looks amazing on TV! And what better excuse than raising money for such a deserving cause.
Running with 41,000 people on a crisp sunny day was just brilliant – what an atmosphere! There was music playing and crowds cheering us along the whole route. I felt great and very proud to be running on behalf of Dreams Come True.
The whole event was absolutely amazing but if I had to pick a couple highlights, the first would be crossing the Tyne Bridge. Half way over, a huge cheer went up as the red arrows roared overhead in perfect formation, followed by plumes of colour against the bright blue sky. It was spectacular.
My second highlight was the finish – of course! That long final mile along the seafront at South Shields with crowds cheering all the way was magical. I remember giving myself a big thumbs-up as I crossed the line!
I would encourage anyone to do the Great North Run because it’s a wonderful experience. If I had to give any advice, it would be to train hard and include plenty of incline training because there are a few hills! Then on the day you can relax, enjoy it and soak up the atmosphere.
Go for it!