Great North Run & more

Written By Megan Morgan

With bikinis and rubber rings now well and truly packed away for another year, it was BRC on tour this weekend as runners took on a variety of challenges up and down the country.

Sean Allison kicked the weekend off by running round in circles. A mind boggling 106 laps of the running track in Walton-on-Thames on Friday at Track Wars – Pop Up Excalibur meant that he completed a full marathon in a time of 4:43:36. We hope he wasn’t too giddy at the end. Fantastic effort Sean.

Six BRC runners made the 300 mile journey north to take part in the biggest half marathon in the UK on Sunday. A whopping 57,000 runners took to the streets of Tyneside at the Simplyhealth Great North Run. The route – lined by thousands of supporters and bands – included crossing over the iconic Tyne Bridge before leading to South Shields and a welcome view of the sea, before the final push to the finish line. First BRC man home was Brian Venton in 1:39:20 and first lady home was Georgia Brown in 1:55:22. Ann Reed continued her recent run of PBs with a time of 1:58:55. Samantha Venton finished in 2:17:23 whilst Susanna Stidston clocked 2:20:16 and Vivi Willett completed her run in 3:24:46. Congratulations to all our members.

Over in the West Midlands, in the shadow of the only three spired cathedral in the UK (well it could be useful in a quiz!) Tom Robinson took on the Lichfield 10k, coming home in 46:28.

Travelling further south to Brockenhurst in Hampshire was Kevin Massey who tackled the New Forest 10k, one of the most scenic races in the country. Running through the heart of the New Forest, Kevin completed his run in 59:41.

Finally, Lynn Carter motored her way round the Mercedes-Benz World racing circuit in Weybridge, Surrey in the Running Grand Prix. Runners have a choice of taking on a 5k, 10k or half marathon route. Lynn completed her 5k in 41:16. Well done Lynn and congratulations to all BRC runners, an excellent weekend of results.