Great North Run
Just a few weeks after the country basked in the summer of spectacular Olympic celebrations, Newcastle's Great North Run last weekend was the opportunity for the country's 'ordinary people' to shine and a record forty thousand of every age, shape and ability strutted their stuff for the thirtieth anniversary of this iconic race.
The Club had one of its smallest numbers travel North this year. Matt Bond was our first man home in fifteenth place in the sensational time of 1:04.29. This was a minute faster than his half-marathon he won in Denmark last year. Recently returned from fine form in the USA where he recorded a track 5000m of 13.51, he's increasingly got his eye on a marathon. This superb performance puts his in contention for the World Half-Marathon Championships. Matt's come a long way from when he recorded 16.24 for 17th place in the 2005 Sale 5k Sizzler.
Anthony Ford was just a few places behind in 1:05 28. You'll remember Anthony as the winner of last March's Wilmslow half-Marathon. He's been frustrated by injury which had him drop out of the London marathon and was therefore greatly encouraged by this performance.
Peter Shipley joined the club in April this year and completed his first GNR in a PB 1:29.43, a time that's a 3 minute 40 second improvement on Wilmslow....particularly commendable in that he's been struggling with injuries.
Fast improving Zoe Gmerek travelled North in fine form over shorter distances just 'to enjoy the experience'. She had another fine run and was understandably disappointed that her 1:37.14 just missed out on her PB of 1:36.37 set in March's Wilmslow HM. She's again done great work raising money for Cancer Research charities
Sian Holland crossed the line thirty seconds later in 1:37.48 with a three minute PB over her Wilmslow HM in March. She wrote, "I wasn't sure what to expect as I'd not been running much as Paul has been in and out of hospital. It was a 'go and run and see what comes out' effort and hope that it's not too painful in the last 3 miles. In the end I had a good run, aided in part by the conditions, and finished fast and strong.
The club's other finishers are all newcomers this year so congratulations to all of them. Chris Wood (1:53.42). Charlie Gibson (2:01.49) and Harriet Windebank 2:31.05
A week earlier, Simon Jackson finished 24/2000 in the Warrington Half Marathon just missing his PB by 30 secs in the heat with 1.23.40. Simon joined the club only last year and has made great progress in his running ( Presented by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 18/09/2012 14:26