Cumbrian’s take on the heat for the Great North Run

By Robert Haile

HeartRunners: Our editor gave it her all and ran from the heart for the BHF. Photo by Robert Haile

#HeartRunners: Our editor gave it her all and ran from the heart for the BHF.
Photo by Robert Haile

AMONG the 57,000 runners there were superheroes, jedi, penguins and even a man with a fridge.

But they weren’t the only ones – among those 57,000 runners were hundreds of Cumbrians who had made their way to Newcastle to take on ‘the world’s favourite run’ on September 11 – the 13.1 mile, 36th annual Great North Run (GNR).

For some athletes it was about beating their record time and for others, like our editor, it was about raising money for charity.

Rachael Grealish, Egremont 2Day’s editor, completed the GNR, in 2:33:04, for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) – in memory of her late mother.

She said: “I started running in November 2015 just to get fitter and healthier and because I’m very conscious of keeping your heart healthy – since my Mam died of a heart condition in 2013.

“When I signed up for the GNR part of me never actually thought I’d make it to that start line, so when I, eventually, crossed the finish line – legs aching and exhausted – I was crying, but not because of those things, but because that part of me that never thought I’d do it was in shock that I’d actually gone and completed the GNR.”

Rachael raised £420 for the BHF, she said: “I’m so proud of myself – and, exhausting as it was, I can’t wait to sign up for my next big run.”

The iconic half marathon drew in thousands from all over the world to compete in the elite – including Mo Farah – and to compete against the clock.

Ian Robertson, from Whitehaven, took on the 13.1 miles for the fourth time this year and beat his previous records, coming in at 1 hour 56 minutes.

This year Ian ran for the Egremont charity Danica’s Dream Fund.

He said: “It felt really good to cross the finish line knowing that I have raised some money for Danica’s Dream Fund.

“I’d say all of it is the best moment, from start to finish, the atmosphere and support from the spectators is amazing. This isn’t my first time,

I’ve ran in 2013, 2014, 2015 and this year, but it’s my second time for Danica’s Dream Fund.”

Next year Ian hopes to complete it in under one and a half hours.

Other Cumbrian charities included: Hospice at Home West Cumbria, Calvert Trust and the national charities: Teenage Cancer Trust and Mind, among others.

A common theme noted on the day was the heat as temperatures soared above 20 degrees Celsius.

Next up for many runners was the Great Cumbria Run on Sunday October 2.