Great North Run 9th Sept 2018

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster.

The first Great North Run was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2011, the number of participants had risen to 54,000. For the first year it was advertised as a local fun run; nearly thirty years on it has become one of the biggest running events in the world, and the biggest in the UK. Only the Great Manchester Run and London Marathon come close to attracting similar numbers of athletes each year.

A strong elite field could not keep the pace with Sir Mo Farah as he opened up a gap at 11 mile from the Kiwi Jake Robertson going onto win for the 5th time in 59:27, with the Kiwi also claiming a sub 60 finishing in 59:58. In the womens race, London marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot took the honours with a PB of 67:43 to claim her 2nd win in 3 years. David Weir once again took 1st place in the wheelchairs with a course record and claiming his 7th win.

Back to the orange and green and there were plenty of QRCers out in the masses and well done to all of them, great running at a great event. Unfortunatly for Wasim illness ruined his chances of a PB and our best wishes go out to him. 

Phil Lickley 1:54:11

Craig Smith 1:57:01

Chris Johnson 2:10:38

Joanna Robinson 2:10:38

Garrie Wilder 2:27:52

Wasim Hussain 2:28:53

Claire Marshall Swales 2:32:06

Shelley Ferneyhough 2:34:28

Claire Gearie 2:39:11

Louise Foxhall 2:44:31

Jodie Ansell 3:02:27

Louise Hayton 3:03:50

Helen Gibbons 3:16:50