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Great North Run 2008

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Natalie Dellar writes:

This was a brilliant day. I arrived early at the start, and managed to have a walk about before the masses started to arrive.

Because when I entered in January, my best ˝ marathon time was Lake Vyrnwy (2:55), I had been allocated a place in “The Pink zone” (at the back!!).I had heard some horror stories about other people doing the GNR and having no room to run for the first 3 miles, so I made sure I was at the front of my zone, next to the end of the green zone which is the next zone up.

As per tradition, it took about 20 minutes to shuffle to the start line, but once we were there, space seemed to appear and I had plenty of room to run at the pace that I wanted. I had taken a “2:20” pace band from the Lucozade Sport tent, as this was my goal. I managed 2:30 in the Birmingham and Black Country Half, and was sure I could do a bit better than that now.

A few miles in I felt great, and was well ahead of my pace band. The weather was being kind, sunny but only about 7 degrees Celsius, so no chance of overheating today. Even though you are running on motorways, there is never a boring moment as there is so much to see, so many different runners and different costumes, the time just flew by.

At 6 miles I was still ahead of my pace band, and at 10 miles I was a long way ahead of it, and still feeling good.

Between the 6th and 8th miles was where I caught the main congestion of runners – I think I must have hit the stragglers from the other zones, and we had to stop 3 times to let ambulances in to carry off the injured. The last few miles lots of people had come out of their houses setting up impromptu stalls for water, ice lollies, biscuits etc, which was very kind and appreciated.

The best bit for me was as I turned on to the sea front at South Shields, the Red Arrows very kindly decided to start their display, and it looked fantastic. So, I managed all this in 2hrs:13min, and I have to say, I felt quite ok afterwards.

There is definitely something special about the atmosphere of this race and I will be back next year, I had a brilliant time!

Nat

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Raj Sanghera writes:

I got on really well - we stayed at the Roker View guest house and my husband enjoyed the Full English breakfast again! I had my muesli just after 6.30am and my cup of coffee and before we knew it was time to catch the bus to Newcastle - drove to the car parks which were so busy (very different from last year)

Got to the start by 9.30 am and did meet a another "Dudley Lady" who's name I don't know (apologies) but she knew mine - wished her good luck and made my way to the start.

Went into my pen and felt very alone until two other runners started to tell me about who they were and why they were running - everybody has their own story to tell and everyone is different but everyone there makes the time and effort to be there.

As you know, I did it with all my friends last year (Pam Edmunds/Gail Edwards/Tracey Bennett/Cheryl Allman) all missed greatly especially for the socialising!!! I'd also like to say a "thank you" to Isobel who's cheer in the last mile really did spur me on!

As I'd collected my goodie bag and was looking for my husband I met another Dudley Lady "Natalie Dellar" who'd done an excellent time of 2.13 so well done to her! I personally beat my last year's time by 4 minutes which may not seem a lot (27 minutes to 23 minutes) but to me personally was a hell of an achievement!!!

Raj

 

 

 

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