Great North Run 10-9-17
The long trip to Newcastle for 6 members of Great Yarmouth Road Runners was certainly worth the effort. The team was rewarded with a welcome like no other as they lined up at the start of the biggest half marathon globally.
With 57 000 entrants it is fair to say that the organisation of this event is world class. The 13.1 mile race from Newcastle to South Shields was officially started by Brendan Foster this year. With Mo Farah and the elites heading the pack the runners set off in pursuit of glory as they headed towards the most iconic landmark in the race – the Tyne Bridge.
The Red Arrows provided an aerial spectacle as they flew over the Tyne in support of the thousands of runners below. It surely does give the runners a huge boost.
The course is neither flat nor hilly but rather a continuous set of long inclines that can interrupt the runner’s rhythm. The weather was excellent for running this year. It was mainly overcast with a chilly start. The sun broke through at times but never getting too hot with temperatures around 14 degress.
The cheers from the northern crowds were continuous along the route with plenty of ‘oggy oggy oggy’ chanting. Taking in the atmosphere of the event was first timer Andrew Dormer. He ran the race of his life, enjoying every minute of it. His comment at the end was that ‘it had all been over too quickly’. This is true for Andrew because he secured a staggering personal best by 8 minutes to finish in 1.28.52.
The next three runners home are all veterans at this race. Clocking up 18 Great North Runs between them were Marc Evans, Terry Hubbard and Penny Studley. Terry had a superb run getting a PB with Penny also running her fastest time for this course. Gary Pillar was also a first timer having a strong run to finish in just under 1.40. The latter stages of the race are tough with a few more noticeable inclines around mile 11 so it is always worth holding some reserves for a fast finish. Congratulations to Michelle Scott who also worked hard to secure a PB by over 5 minutes.
With the legendary Mo Farah winning his fourth consecutive Great North Run it is easy to see why this race keeps attracting repeat visitors.
Such was the sheer jubilation on Andrew Dormer’s face as he crossed the finish line, the Great Run series team chose Andrew’s photo for their advertising e-mails to entice people to get involved for next year. How amazing that is! Well done team GYRR!
Full GYRR results:
Andrew Dormer 1.28.52 (PB)
Marc Evans 1.33.14
Terry Hubbard 1.35.46 (PB)
Penny Studley 1.38.13
Gary Pillar 1.39.34
Michelle Scott 2.03.01 (PB)