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I have been a bit quiet since the weekend, with a lot going on. I found out shortly after finishing the Great North Run that one of my good friends, a fellow autograph hunter who I have many an adventure with, who was one of the finest guys I knew had passed away. It’s gutting. RestEasy My Friend.
Right, positives of the week… on Thursday I headed over to Maggie’s Gartnavel to mark the day I sponsor each year. As you may remember I donated £2400 a couple of months ago to pay for next years day, but this one has been in the bag for a wee while. I was delighted to spend some time in the centre, I love hearing the laughter in the there. It’s not a sad place. It’s awesome. While I was there I also made a further donation of £2000 to them, following the success of my Dr Who auctions over the last month or so, so thank you to each and every one of you who bought items during that time. Thank you to Michelle for taking the time to chat to me in the centre, I value each moment I get to be there, so I really appreciate you taking the time to see me. I look forward to continuing to be involved with the charity in the coming months and years.
Onto the events of the weekend, and the Great North Run. It’s always a fun weekend with the #GeordieMassive and I met some pretty cool peeps over the course of the two days. Among them, I bumped into Lord Coe again, and he posed for a quick pic to promote the auctions I am holding which includes the CWC UK vest he signed. Andy Turner, running his last ever race in the City Games the day before the GNR was kind enough to donate his bib badge, which he signed and added “Last Race Ever” to make it a bit of history. I’m thrilled with this donation. Over the course of the Saturday, I collected several of the bib badges including Bernard Lagat, Asbel Kiprop and Chris Tomlinson. I also snagged a #GNRMillion bib badge from Andy Vernon who beat me by a whisker on the Sunday!
Onto the Sunday, race day. I got lucky at the start of the race when another runner passed me a queue jump pass which let me start right on the startline. This photo shows you just how close I was to the start. In a rather surreal moment I started just in front of multi Olympic and European medal winner Sonia O’Sullivan, who then tapped me on the shoulder as we approached mile 5 and she went past me. I also overtook Iwan Thomas after around 250m which was a pretty cool feeling, even if he did return the favour shortly after. Loved the epic flying high five with Patrick Monahan in the middle of the start line as we took off! I also managed to snap pics with the likes of Craig Gazey (quote of the day when I asked him to promote my twitter… “It’s cheap, but I’ll do it!), Cal MacAninch, Shauna MacDonald, Craig Heap and more.
The race itself was a tough one… I am not going to pretend I am not out of shape, but the heat and the uphill route took it’s toll. Somewhere in the 3.12 region meant I narrowly missed out on being finisher #1million but hell it was a fun day. I celebrated with my two charities of the day – GOSHCC and CWCUK – thanks to both for their warm welcome at the finish line and headed back into town.
A few chilled out hours later and I was heading home, albeit extremely saddened by the news that had reached me by phone. It was a great weekend, and thanks to all those who were a part of it.
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Let’s close with the end of photo day… a medal, a pint and a smile. Bring on 2015!
**MASSIVE thanks to the #GeordieMassive for their help over the weekend, both in terms of getting items signed and for photograph taking. Josh Huntley, John Shearer, Darren Turner. Superb. As always.