Category Archives: Great North Run

A timeless marmite classic. Whether you love it or hate it, or more likely, both, it’s part of Striders history. Whether you’re an ever-present or a first-timer, everyone should know how it feels to hear the thunder of the red arrows overhead as they cross the Tyne Bridge.

Great North Run 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The 40th running of the Great North Run took place on 12th September 2021, after a year’s absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race was run on a revised course, for one year only, as an out and back route, crossing the Tyne Bridge twice and passing through the city centre before finishing next … Continue reading Great North Run 2021

Great North Run 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pam Kirkup

The Great North Run – And The Benefit of Hindsight Hindsight is a wonderful thing don’t you think? And it was with the benefit of hindsight – I realised quite quickly, yesterday actually – that thinking of running the GNR was extreme folly! Let’s look at the facts – I hadn’t done a serious race … Continue reading Great North Run 2018

Great North Run

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Kerry Lister, Pam Kirkup, George Nicholson and Karen Chalkley

Kerry Lister … 15th September 2013, my 42nd birthday and my first Great North Run, what a way to celebrate! Way back when the Daily Mirror Ballot for places for the GNR 2013 opened I hadn’t even ran a 5k never mind contemplated a half marathon but I entered and was shocked when I received … Continue reading Great North Run

Great North Run

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Grand Prix Race. Endurance Champion Race.

Colin Blackburn, Pam Kirkup and George Nicholson

Colin Blackburn … As a runner I’m happiest when I’m orienteering. At even the biggest orienteering events such as the Scottish 6-Day I can still find myself completely alone in a forest with the sounds and smells of the woodland all around me. So what was I thinking when I entered the Great North Run … Continue reading Great North Run

Great North Run

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Alister Robson

This is the third time I’ve run this race and up until this time I’ve not really enjoyed it and have sworn, ‘Never again.’. This time was different, I was properly fit, properly prepared and lastly, and I think this makes all the difference, a Strider. Going on the coach was excellent and I thoroughly … Continue reading Great North Run