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!

Thursday, 15th September 2016, 10:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:06 pm
Made it!

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.

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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!