And now the end is here, or is it?
I can honestly say I was not sure if I would be able to report back with good news this week '“ but I can!
All those months of hard work paid off and I was able to run all 13.1 miles of the Great North Run, eventually crossing the finish line in two hours, 29 minutes, 30 seconds.
I’d hoped for a sub-two hour 30 minute time so it’s nice to be able to say I achieved that with a whole 30 seconds to spare.
Already the whole thing seems like a bit of a blur, and I still cannot quite process the fact that I actually made it to the end.
On the day the conditions were far from perfect for me, with the sun blasting down, making it difficult to stay hydrated.
However, the atmosphere on the day more than made up for the heat discomfort.
I am not sure I have ever been in a crowd of so many people, with runners as far as you could see in every direction, and hordes of lovely supporters lining the route.
Sadly, I failed to spot those people that were handing out ice pops as I was running along, but I certainly took strength from the many well-wishers shouting encouragement.
I must also give mention to my running buddy who kept me going throughout the whole course – Steven has been a star helping me train, but went beyond the call of duty, pacing me on the day and keeping me going when I thought my legs were so weary I couldn’t take another step. If he hadn’t have been there I may have been reporting back a very different outcome, so thank you.
Amazingly, I have raised more than £600 for the Alzheimer’s Society, far more than I thought was possible, and for that I must thank everyone who has contributed. I have been genuinely overwhelmed by the generosity shown.
Of course, there is still time to donate if anyone was waiting to check that I was actually able to fulfil my promise of running the course. As always, you can donate online at www.justgiving.com/berwickberriGNR or if you would prefer to give a cash donation these will be accepted at The Curfew, just ask for my sponsorship form.
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who has read this column every week. I hope you have enjoyed following me on my journey to become the sort of person that can run a half marathon. Having completed this challenge, this will be my last column, but you may be pleased to hear it is not the end of my running career.
I am already looking into my next race so if you see me around town feel free to continue sending encouragement my way – I promise all of your kind words these past few months have been cherished and appreciated. Again to everyone, thank you!