> Our Great North Runners
Earlier this week we asked all those who participated in Sunday's event to let us know what they made of the day. After a fantastic response, here are some brief snippets from the courageous individuals who took part. Here's what the runners had to say:
"Can we just say a big congratulations to our Graphic Designer Tony Pilkington who completed the Great North Run yesterday.
He only found out he was doing it about 10 days before hand (he got someone's number who dropped out), went on 2 training runs of 5 miles, then 9 miles, and decided that was enough preparation! It seemed to work, and he completed the course in a very impressive 2 hours 2 minutes.
He's having problems walking today but he did it and he raised a load of money for Alzheimer's Research on the way!
Well done Tony!"
"I would like to pay tribute to the Red Cross volunteers and other medical
back-up staff who did such sterling work behind the scenes yesterday. I am
an experienced runner (it was my 21st consecutive GNR) and on course for a
good time, but had the misfortune to collapse like a sack of potatoes only
1/2 mile from the finish. I was taken away by ambulance with oxygen mask and
saline drip etc. and looked after in the field hospital. The many people working on the course of the race and the field hospital were brilliant! I made a full recovery ... eventually"
Thanks to all of you for submitting your experiences and congratulations on participating in such a tremendous event.