Marathons – Never say never!

I started running in April 2004 when I signed up for my first GNR to prove to myself I could do it. Since then I’ve always said I would never run a marathon. However, this year something changed. I filled in the application form, handed over a fair few euros, booked flights and a hotel and a few months later I planned to do the Amsterdam marathon. So, after 16 weeks and 518 miles to get me marathon-ready, here’s what I learned along the way.

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Final SGP Race – That’s how its Dunn!

What a night in the final Summer Grand Prix of 2017. A great run from Ellen Williams beating mother Julie by 59 seconds and holding off Alastair Willis to take maximum points. Both finished ahead of Sam Charlton who sets a new course record (10:14) – on the officially measured 2 mile course. Erin Prior equalled her course record of 12:40 to finish fastest female. Well done both.

The full results are available on RunBritain and Power of 10.

The night’s outstanding performance went to Kayleigh Dunn, after a long road to recovery, Kayleigh’s fight and determination this year has been truly inspirational. With a proud Rafa and Tim supporting Team Kayleigh throughout, they finished together in 11th. And what a fantastic image at the end to see athletes and supporters congratulate and comfort an emotional Kayleigh, a run that will go down in Wallsend Harriers folklore. Well done lass, we are all very proud of you!

 

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Track and field champions

They think it’s all over… it is now! Massive congratulations to Team Wallsend / Blyth for winning all four track and field meetings over the summer to become champions!

Huge thanks to all our officials, athletes and supporters. Bill and Elaine did a fantastic job with the results and Tommy and Margaret led the referees.

Here’s to next year. Let’s show them what we’re made of!

Paddy

 

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