The Bupa Great North Run is firmly established as the world’s most popular half-marathon since it first took place on June 28, 1981. It’s a spectator lined course which covers 13.1 miles from Newcastle to the picturesque coastal finish in South Shields. Today it attracts some 50,000 competitors from all over the world.
Auditel Consultant Daryn Dodge took part this year on 16th September to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Before the start, Daryn said: “I am not quite sure how I got here but here I am about to embark on a half-marathon! Actually I do know, as I chose to run for Diabetes UK in 2009, and seem to have become addicted to it. This year, the week of the Run coincides with the 10th anniversary of my brother’s death from a heart attack, so my friend Paul Dorrington and I are supporting the BHF this year.
“Although we have done the Great North Run before, Paul has had significant commitments working on the Olympics and has had a serious Achilles tendon injury that he has struggled to recover from. I have also had health issues and injuries which meant that we were both well behind in our training. Therefore getting to the finish line this year was always going to be more of a challenge than usual.”
After the race, Daryn said: “Well, the Great North Run was an amazing experience as always. As I had some really generous donations – over £700 so far – I thought it was important to make a serious attempt and not just “walk round”. The restricted training left us seriously exposed but we were determined to run all the way, which we did in a time of 2:46:36. We didn’t break any records but we achieved what we wanted to, which was to finish, and raise money for a good cause that is close to my heart (and to many others’).”
There is still time to donate on on Daryn’s JustGiving page