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Sunday, September 16th, 2001
Helicopters hovering in the distance.
Realisation that it’s Great North Run day.
Conversation with a good friend.
Over the next few months, thoughts become ideas become plans…
Fast forward exactly 11 years
Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Here I am, watching the finish of the elite men’s race.
It’s been such a pleasure and a privilege to make so many great friends through this event, many of you are running now, even as I type. Had anyone told me in 2001 that I would have 9 half marathons to my name, including 5 GNRs by now, I would have laughed, but that is exactly what has happened.
Although 2006 was the last time I crossed the line at South Shields, the GNR is still special to me. I don’t know how many times I’ve posted my race plan, but it’s always hugely gratifying when people say it has helped or ask for it to be posted. So here, by request, my GNR race plan to start the 2013 thread. And, can I offer sincere and humble thanks to all those who have said I should start the thread this year.