Sunday

30 Sep, 2012

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Great North Run 2012

Hello! I can’t believe another month has gone! It’s absolutely flown by hasn’t it?

Well, this month has been crazy busy (and I hope to share with you really soon what I’ve been getting up to) but until I can, I thought I’d share with you a few snaps of our weekend in Newcastle for this year’s (my fifth) Great North Run. It didn’t disappoint :)

We enjoyed our lunch in the grounds of Newcastle University (where my parent’s met) and enjoyed the flowers on display…

Spent time sat by the Tyne before heading to an Italian restaurant for our tea…

The morning of the GNR the following day was cool, rainy and dull but that didn’t stop us having a fab time…

and we had another PB of 2 hours 16 mins so we were very happy!

I’m looking forward to October (as it’s my birthday month) and I hope to update you with all I’ve been up to very soon. Until then have a great month!

Monday

19 Dec, 2011

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Merry Christmas!

Santa's on The Run!

(The above photo was taken of my auntie and I at the ‘Santa’s on the Run’ event before we completed a 4 mile run to raise money for a local children’s hospice.)

It’s only 6 more sleeps until Santa and that means it’s been too long since my last post! After a whirlwind few weeks what with moving house, a Christmas Fair to prepare for, commissions to complete (not to mention Christmas shopping for friends and family) it has all finally caught up with me. Since last weekend I have been under the weather, suffering from extreme headaches :( I am due at the doctors later this morning for a second time to see if there’s anything else he can do for me.

That said, I wanted to pop by and wish you all a very merry Christmas and share with you some of the fun things I have been up to over the last few weeks:

I have enjoyed the frosty mornings and capturing these with my camera

I have enjoyed watching William settle into his new home :)

and enjoyed decorating my Christmas trees.

I have very nearly finished wrapping my presents and am looking forward to having a proper rest over the next couple of weeks. Whatever your plans are for Christmas and New Year have a lovely time!

 

Tuesday

20 Sep, 2011

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Great North Run 2011

If you follow me on twitter you may know I’m currently trying to fight off the flu – ever since we started the journey home from Newcastle on Sunday I started to feel unwell and it went downhill from there! So 2 sleepless nights later I’m still dosing up on Beechams, throat sweets and getting through countless tissues (and giving Rudolph’s red nose a run for his money!)

On a much more positive note I thought I’d share with you my GNR weekend…

As always, we stopped on the way up to take a look at the Angel of the North – I’m always amazed how big it is!

The Great Run Games held on the Saturday was fun to watch and we saw Mo Farah, one of the best distance runners of this generation, win his race.

After a grey start to the day, the sun came out and stayed for the rest of the day – below is a photo of my Mum and I in front of the Millennium Bridge. 

We enjoyed cups of tea and coffee outside by the river before we headed to the Italian restaurant we had a table booked at. It was quite surreal knowing we would be amongst 54,000 runners the following day running over the Tyne bridge in front of us!

The race morning came and we nervously waited in our starting ‘wave’ before we were moved forward to the start line (My aunty, our friend Dawn and I look look amazingly calm in this photo despite our nerves!

It was an emotional moment when the Red Arrows flew over us to mark the start of the 31st Bupa Great North Run, I managed to take a few photos as they went over – absolutely amazing to see and hear:

The run all seems a bit of a blur now but it was fantastic – the weather went from sunny to torrential rain to sunny again so bright light and wet conditions didn’t make for good photos but I did manage to snap this image of us approaching Tyne Bridge (My aunty can be seen on the right in the orange top).

Despite me suffering an agonising stitch on and off for the last third of the race we finished with a PB of 2 hours 26 mins – we are so pleased with this result! It was made extra special because we were running the last 1.1 miles along the coast when the red arrows began their finishing display – what a treat to be nearing the finish when this happened.

It wasn’t long before my Dad crossed the finish line and we got some photos taken – once our friend Dawn crossed the finish line of her first half marathon we all celebrated by walking down to the charity village where we received free drinks and food as a thank you for taking part and raising money for our various charities.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend and one I will never forget. It’s only a shame now I’m stuck in bed with the flu but I’m thankful it waited until after the race to come!

How was your weekend?

Friday

16 Sep, 2011

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The real countdown begins!

This is it, in little over 15 hours time I’ll be setting off with my family to Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run! I’m all packed and ready to go – wish me luck! I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I’ll update here as soon as I can.I’m off  - got a few last minute things to do before it’s an early night for me :)

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Wednesday

14 Sep, 2011

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4 days to go…

…until the BUPA Great North Run 2011on Sunday! I am getting SO excited now, I can hardly wait until we make the journey up to Newcastle on Saturday. This will be my fourth, consecutive year running it and my enthusiasm only seems to become greater each time!

The weekend we spend in Newcastle has become one of the weekends I look forward to the most. It means a lot to me to be running with my parents and my aunty and this year we are also joined by one of our friends, and a fellow London Moonwalker! The first time I ran in this event in 2008 it was over my 21st birthday weekend (the 4th and 5th Oct) which made it all the more special. Newcastle is also special to my parents because it is where they went to university and met over 30 years ago.

Well, enough reminiscing, I have one last 4 mile run to do later, my iron-on letters to add to my running vest and a list to make of all the things I’ll need to take with me! I’ll be putting a few more posts up before I leave on Saturday and I will no doubt have lots of photos to share here once I’m back :)

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