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It’s over!

September 23rd, 2009 | 11 Comments |

Paggered but triumphant!
Paggered but triumphant!
Well my thighs took a hell of a beating and I can barely get down the stairs without going sideways, but I completed all 13.1 miles of the Great North Run and I just can’t get enough of it now. And I can’t believe it’s taken me until my thirties to get round to doing it. This a big thank you to the Newcastle fans, and fans from other clubs who have donated generously and supported me along the way. I’m still gobsmacked by it to be honest.

Last year, as some of you already know, was fairly miserable from the halfway point for me, when my legs packed in and I only just managed to finish. This year, I didn’t have the inconvenience of 90 minutes of football, 24 hours prior to the big day but I did have a dodgy knee from a hefty tackle two weeks earlier and without any training since then, and having only run 5 miles in any one go, I wasn’t exactly full of confidence. (more…)

Keep on running!

July 10th, 2009 | 22 Comments |

One Great North Run wasn't enough (apparently).
One Great North Run wasn't enough (apparently).
Before I go any further, I’d just like to say that I’ve been blown away by the support I’ve received so far via my sponsor page. Most of the donations have come from supporters on blogs such as this and many from non-NUFC fans and to be honest it’s been pretty touching.

Anyway, here’s a brief update – I’ve raised a good amount so far but I need more!

Here’s another update – My knee is knackered. I’ve potentially ruptured the ligaments in my left knee playing against the Mackems from Houghton Town but I need to wait for the swelling to go down before I have a scan. Nevertheless, I’m doing this.

See here for the ironic background to last year’s run and my determination not to let football get in the way of this special event. Will I ever grow up? (that was my mam and the better half’s question, not mine).

Possibly (probably?) against my better judgement, I’ll be running in the 2009 Great North Run. I’m the one on the left in the link to your right and slightly below on the blog and looking a little gormless which was probably anxiety about the prospect of running a half-marathon. A brief story can be found on my fund-raising page but suffice to say, despite my original high hopes it was a bit grim after the halfway point though as you may discover, if you read the full story, that was partly self-inflicted.

Anyway, the important thing is that I’m going to do it all over again.

I’ll be running for the Prostate-Cancer chariddy and would welcome any kind of donation from those who wish to do so. I didn’t have any direct personal reason for supporting this charity but I was approached by them and having read up on the charity I was more than happy to run on their behalf. I’ve sinced discovered several stories where friends or relatives have reason to support me so I’m glad I agreed. (more…)