It only seems like 5 minutes since I was talking about my first run of the 2012 miles in 2012 challenge and here I am now about to tell you all about the final run, where on earth has the year gone?
There had been several meetings with the Tony Blair Sports Foundation and the Tyne Bridge Harriers regarding the when’s, where’s and what’s of what was going to happen for the final run and it was agreed that the following would take place:
Date of final run – 20th day of the 12th Month
Finishing time – 20.12pm
Distance – 2.1 miles
Number of people taking part – 212
I spent all day watching the horrendous weather conditions outside and thinking that there would be no-one there to take part in the final run, the rain just didn’t seem to stop. As the day went on there were a few cancellations as I’d expected.
Eventually it was time to leave for the starting point at The Clock Tower café, Hoults Yard, Walker Road, this was it, the final run !!
After arriving there I instantly felt a lot more at ease as more and more people turned up, friends, family, so many Tyne Bridge Harriers.
After setting the first group away it was nearly time for the second and final group to go, apprehensive would be an understatement.
Running along Newcastle Quayside with so many people was an amazing experience. After running the first mile I dropped back and let everybody run ahead so as I could finish right on 20.12
I remember running and seeing a huge crowd that now consisted of both groups that had left and were now standing at the back of the fabulous Copthorne Hotel, I just remember thinking “My God, how many people are there”?
As I approached the finishing line the cheers, clapping and whistles sounded like nothing I’ve ever heard in my life, a truly amazing experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
May I say a huge thank you to the Copthorne Hotel who so kindly supplied us with fabulous hot canapés, mulled wine and so much more, I can never ever thank them enough.
I guess all that is left to say to everybody is yes the 2012 miles in 2012 challenge is complete and I couldn’t have done it without you all, the support has been out of this world. I can’t begin to thank so many of you for what you have done to help me complete the challenge.
2013 is just around the corner and who knows what challenges that may bring, watch this space !!!!
May I once again thank you all and wish you all the very best for the New Year…….