The Great North Run, as the biggest participation half marathon in the world, was highly anticipated by the Bedale and Aiskew runners who took part last weekend in Newcastle and Gateshead. This was the 38th running of the event with the most finishers ever, over 43,000.
It was quite warm with a strong sun, with the wind making it difficult to feel the full effects. This resulted in many runners not completing the race due to dehydration. The last two miles were difficult with a strong head wind, which even slowed Mo Farah. Not by much though!
That said there were some excellent performances from the six Bedale runners taking part. James Bartram was very pleased with his personal best time of 1 hour 37 minutes and 46 seconds for an overall position of 1425th. Paul Simpson was next, also in a PB time for the half marathon of 1-38.32, and 1539th position.
Nicola Simpson is having an excellent summer on the road, finishing 1st Bedale lady in 1-44.00, 2608th overall and 32nd in her F40 age group. Becky Smith struggled from mile 4 with very painful blisters, and at mile 8 the heat also affected her. After a short stop and encouragement from her supporting family she continued on to the finish for her chosen charity, in a time of 2-25.10, and a half way up the field finish.
Raymond Lightle, as always, ran a great race to cross the finish in 1-50.12 and 4407th, and a fantastic 10th in the M65 age group. Alex McNairn, only just recovered from illness, also ran well to finish 9120th in 2-01.45.
Meanwhile at the Northallerton Parkrun Will Retchless ran a superb sub 20 minute PB of 19.55, and 4th place out of 162 completing the event. While at Catterick, regulars Anne Johnson and John Hunter were flying the Bedale colours with times of 28.13 and 29.15 respectively.