The big day arrives, the day everyone has been training for all those unanswered questions have I done enough training? Hope my reoccurring injury doesn’t start giving me jip, hope my nipple tape stays on and hope I remember the words to Ogey Ogey Ogey . Pasta at the local Italians the night before with my family Andrea, Jasmine & Jack & family from Lancaster uncle Geoff, aunty Sheila, Georgine & Becky , running again with my cousin Georgine for the 3rd time in a row. Alarm goes off at 06.30 eeeeeee!!! it’s here I send a voice message to everyone on Whatsapp staying over at ours. Showered and now time to apply the Rock tape to legs, knees and the aforementioned nipples. Andrea my wife starts getting sorted cups of tea, weetabix and peanut butter with banana on wholemeal bread bliddy awful if you ask me lol. Its 07.30 2 cars head over to Kingston Park to pick my daughter Jasmine up & also a quick hello to Norman the Pug. Everyone ready to drop myself & Georgine off in Newcastle before they head over to South Shields for the day to get their parking spaces. Hugs & kisses to all of our families & good luck all round. Right wor George (Georgine) we will just head up to St James’ Park just to get some healing qualities from the stadium towering over Newcastle. Wor George knows what I am like as I keep sending over the same pic of the stadium every time I go to the match. As we walk along you can see everyone getting dropped off and same good luck from everyone, everyone looking a touch nervous. Next stop the porta loos which are already 30-40 people deep (nervous I guess). Walking around we get a selfie with the Big Pink Dress man off Twitter which i had recently tweeted, as we head over we take a look at the celebs Davina McCall giving her interviews smiles all round but I guess a little nervous as well her 1st Great North Run, Brendan Foster North East legend looking good alongside Denise Lewis, Peanut from Kaiser Chiefs milling around and the lad from the Viz comics looking canny nervous lol. Costumes everywhere Batman & Robin, Spiderman, Hulk, minnions wedding dresses you name it we are covered by all super heroes and cartoon characters this is what the run is all about fun fun fun alongside some serious charity raising for charities from all over the world. A well deserved minutes applause for local TV legend Mike Neville another legend passing away. Race time is emerging time to warm up with over 50k people stretching their bits to the commands from the loud speakers all important for the 13.1 miles ahead of us. Alan Robson giving another great commentary before and the start of the race another local legend. Wheelchair racers get on their way with a huge applause followed by the elite Ladies and then the biggest applause for our very own marathon man Mo Farah. Off we go high 5’s to wor George and a good luck hug cheers and whistles along the way along the 1st mile along with the amazing Red Arrows flying over head and the song I have been learning Ogey Ogey Ogey I rembered the Oi Oi Oi what a tune 😁. Passing over the Tyne Bridge we see the Big Pink Dress man waving to everyone and posing for photos then all of a sudden it looked like he had fallen I tweeted him after the race he was fine just his pride. 1st mile went quite canny lots of high 5’s along the way amazing support again coming out in their droves see their loved ones & huge support to all the runners enduring this great run. Thousands of charity t shirts bobbing up & down each & everyone one of us with a great cause to run for.
There is a real buzz again about the place, some spectators are here for the day with their deck chairs & full picnic sets out, local bands offering their services along the way as always giving you an extra stride with the sounds coming from their little stages. This year I thought the weather was ideal although still a little warm those water feed stations do come in handy also trying not to step on the plastic bottles on route, again hats off to all volunteers throughout the run. As you get closer to Jarrow before the incline up to John Reid road crowds offering you freshly cut oranges by the dozen, sausage rolls, free beer, jelly babies, ice lollies you name it the spectators have it, as Chris Kamara says “unbelievable Jeff” water showers are a must they definitely do the trick to cool you down.
My cousin George must of been sick to death of me saying “You alreet wor George” “not long now wor George” “keep to this pace we will be alreet wor George” I bet wor George was secretly saying “shut the f*ck up wor Peter man”. We continued plodding on along the course along John Reid road we could smell the sea air I think it was the smell of sea air anyways 😁
As we dropped down to the sea front we were heading to the finish it’s a canny long way to the finish line but again the thousands of people clapping & cheering you on is totally amazing & carries us to the line. I pass with an Alan Shearer type goal salute hand in hand with wor George. “We pissed that wor George” let’s do it next year fist pumps & high 5’s again 2hrs 18m we are happy with that. As we walk towards our well deserved medals we see the legends Mo Farah & Brendan Foster interviewing as they finished the tv camera zoomed in on us “man look I’m on the telly”
Another great run & again absolutely amazing support from everyone involved with the run & spectators who without them runners wouldn’t finish the run I’m convinced. Also to my special little family if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t get to the race a huge thanks to our friends & family for helping us get to & from race day love you all ❤❤.
Thank you to all who donated to my Bone Cancer Research justgiving page as well tremendous 👏👏👏.
Well lads n lasses I will look forward to seeing you all again next year for now I have a holiday in Ibiza to go to adios amigo x.