Hundreds of our runners today sported their Great North Run 40 t-shirts, and none more proudly than June Richardson. At the age of 89 June completed the half-marathon last weekend, and graced us with her presence at our parkrun this morning. She's become something of a regular since lockdown, attending 6 of our 8 events, and she always has a cheery smile for the volunteers. We chatted to her after today's run, when she informed us that she ran the GNR back in 1983 in a time of sub-2 hours - good for any age, but she was already 50 years old. What a legend. It's great to have June with us every week, and proof that no matter your age or time, as long as you can physically propel yourself for 5km you can take part in our event.
We also had members of local running club Jesmond Joggers with us today. It is England Athletics #runandtalk week, where runners are encouraged to open up about mental health and talk to or support others on their run. You can read more about this mental health initiative here.
Today was our 511th event on the Moor. Overall we had 446 people running, jogging or walking the course today, our founder and long-term Event Director Ian Kirtley amongst them - welcome back Ian. There were 59 were first timers while 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part, and the full results can be seen here.
The event was made possible by 42 wonderful volunteers, to whom we give special thanks:
Kevin Charles LISTER • Penny WILMOTT • Paul Neil HUGHES • Nigel HOOPER • Nick ALLAWAY • Oliver WILLIAMS • Annette HAMES • Dave KEAR • Philip MOORES • Lynne MOORES • Elizabeth HODGSON • Jocasta WILLIAMS • Larry TAYLOR • Russell DICKINSON-DEANE • Allen DICKINSON-DEANE • Andy LIE • Heather ALLAWAY • David DAVIES • Simon BARRETT • Andrew Stephen RICHARDS • Andrew STODDART • Rosie ENGLAND • Sara JAMES • Andrew E SLATTERY • Jane PUGH • Peter CHAMLEY • David ROBINSON • Kate BLACK • Matthew DOWN • Sophie REYNOLDS • Steven MACDONALD • Gemma MACMILLAN • Andrew WANLEY • Judith HODGES • Peter MICKLER • Titayapa MEENAPINUNT • Emily PASS • Ben MCMAIN • Phill CARR • Paul PATTERSON • Bethany DEADMAN • Dawn DIMOPOULOS • Vanessa NAIR
See you all again next week for number 512.
Russell, today's Run Director.