What a brilliant advertisement for the ‘Great North’ over the past four days. It started off with the spectacular Quayside event on Thursday celebrating the regions heritage with famous Geordies coming back home to give the 20,000 enthusiastic audience an evening to remember.
Thursday 4th September. The Spectacular Quayside Heritage Event
On Saturday the region had the City Games back in town and the popular Junior fun runs also on the quayside, much of which was televised by BBC television. Then on Sunday we had the 34th Great North Run and the millionth participant at the GNR. For all who competed and supported this extravaganza of events, you were all part of something special……..doesn’t it make you proud to be a Geordie?
The wheelchair race was off first, followed by the elite women’s race. Then at 10.40am, the elite men and mass start of the Great North half marathon. Using the camera phone I picked out the ‘best’ photos…(apologies for no elite women and apologies if I did not capture all 49 Team Elswick!).
10.40AM THE START OF THE 2014 GNR(ELITE & MASSES)
Ahead of the mass start.The Royal Marines: Top people.
ROYAL MARINES CARRYING THE ‘ONE MILLIONTH FLAG’
In the wheelchair race, Shelly Woods won the womens race and Jordi Madera won the mens race. For the elite women a course record for the excellent Mary Keitany in 65.39 with Britian’s Gemma Steel home in second place with a brilliant 68.18. A close mens race at the front of field gave Mo Farah his win and a time of one hour.
MO AT HEWORTH….19.05 & LOOKING COMFORTABLE WITH HIS PEERS.
UP CLOSE AT THE 2014 GNR….ITS MO FARAH
STEVE VERNON EUROPEAN SILVER & BRONZE 10K & 5K MEDALLIST 2014
MORPETH’S CLASSY IAN HUDSPITH, FASTEST NORTH EAST ATHLETE ON SUNDAY
At mile 4…..leading out Team Elswick: Mark and Iain
CLAIRE TUMIA IN THE COLOURS OF ELSWICK!
WORKING HARD….ANDY AND PAUL
HARRY SUPPORTING AND PACING :)
SHAUN CONNELLY….ONE WEEK ON AFTER THE JELLY TEA!
LEE AND MICKEY ARMS IN THE AIR!
NEW RECRUIT ROB KEVAN (GNR no.27 though!!)And a PB for good measure! Welcome to Team Elswick!
ROB GOING THE LONG WAY ROUND…ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD….NEARLY MISSED YOU ROB!!!
THE THUMBS UP FROM KEV…..LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK AT THE CLUB!
PATRICK LOOKING FRESH AT MILE 4!
JOE ON HIS WAY….GREAT RECOVERY FROM A RECENT FALL!
Leah Avery in charity colours!
GOOOOOOOO…..ELSWICK! OR SOMETHING SIMILAR!
Grrrrrrrrrrr (Green, Great or Both!!??)
KIM GIVES THE CAMERA A WAVE!
ANDREA (RED VEST AND CENTRE) ON HER WAY TO A TOP 10 AGE GROUP POSITION!VERY WELL DONE!
ANOTHER WAVE AND ANOTHER SMILE! GO ELSWICK!
A HARD MORNINGS WORK FOR WOR STEVIE ROBERTSON!
L to R: Vernon, Steel, Keitany, Farah, Kiplagat
Janice, Red vest centre, waving like mad!
Iain on his way to a 1.24
Its Mike behind the hand…..Honest!!
IAIN HARDYS UNCLE: ALAN PHILIPSON. ONE OF A FEW WHO HAVE RUN ALL 34 GREAT NORTH RUNS.
WELL DONE ALAN……1981 TO 2014 AND STILL GOING!
We are a running community that transcends the elite, the club competitor, the jogger and the fund raiser. Below are Team Elswick finishing times. If you were running in a charity vest, or even in fancy dress! just contact the club and we will add your name to the Elswick list. Cheers, GB.
Bupa Great North Run 2014
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL RUNNERS!
A MAGNIFICENT TURNOUT!
Claire Tumia. Bib no. 3436 Pos: 1632. Time: 1.35.42