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It was late December last year when we signed up for the race, both myself and Alex have been training and worrying tirelessly about the whole thing.
I have never really been much of a runner, well not until I returned from Australia in September last year, in my determination to blow off them tropical comforts I had built over the past year I needed to get fit…and FAST especially with my new Personal Training career on the horizon.
We only managed to train once or twice per week due to work commitments, a spell of shingles and weeks of man flu…but we still did it.

It was a nervous wakeup call this morning as the alarm went off an hour earlier than usual as the clocks went forward during the night. We weren’t quite sure if we had actually got up on time.
We slipped into our running gear after a refreshing Sunday morning shower, filled ourselves full of Oats and Weetabix and then flew straight out of the door and headed along to our starting point, The Parks  Leisure Centre in North Shields (A childhood past time from my trampolineing days).

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We left at 8.30 thinking there would be cues of cars and people teaming in for an early start. How wrong were we, I think we might have been 2 of the first people there. As we sheltered inside to keep warm and smash out them 5 minutley nervous wees, the crowds soon started to fill the foyer.
As I looked around it was hard not to notice how ‘professional’ everybody looked, we were no competition against these fluorescent vest wearing sprinters.

At around 9.50 the crowds herded out the starting line, as I looked around I could see the nerves in everybody’s face, each and everybody knowing what the next hour or so held for them.
Although its only 10k, if you are local you will defiantly understand how far it seems in your head…sulk!

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As the clock struck 10 the crowds instantly started moving forward over the starting line, we were nearer the back of the group so we had them extra 3 minutes of panic.

FINALLY we passes through them arches of doom and there was no going back, ready to endeavour the following route ahead.

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  1. START – The Parks Leisure Centre (10am)
  2. Right, Down Borough Bank
  3. Straight along the Fish Quay
  4. Right at the Dolphin Pub
  5. Forward along the promenade
  6. Up the small bank to the Spanish Battery
  7. Up Priory Bank past the Castle (WOOHOO its all flat from here)
  8. Along Tynemouth Seafront
  9. Pass Through Cullercoats (Halfwayish)
  10. Past the Spanish City (I can see the finish line, %^*£^%)
  11. Last stretch to the Light House.
  12. FINISH LINE – St Mary’s Light House

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The first stretch of the run was pretty easy, however we managed to lose each other on Borough Bank, literally 3 minutes into the run which meant from now on I was a lone wolf, darting through the luminous seas of determined runners making each and every step count.
The only struggle I was having at the point and really couldn’t get off my mind was that I really needed a wee, and couldn’t quite get the thought of it out of my head.

  • Do I run into a café?
  • Do I do a Paula Radcliffe and squat amongst the thousands of other determined runners with the same goal as me?

I decided to proceed on and see if I could shake these leaky thoughts off, luckily I did.
It wasn’t before long I found myself at the bottom of Priory Bank ready to take on the monstrosity ahead. I used a little tip I picked up from an avid marathon runner, if you count to 7 as you head up the hill it will take your mind off the whole thing. Lord and behold it did, before I knew it I had made it up that colossal bank.
From now it was plain sailing, I headed along the coast, constantly distracting myself with the sea that followed me all the way along to the right.

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As I got about half way, I realised a little burn into my left crotch and immediately knew something bad was occurring, something that would give my girlfriend a lot of satisfaction.
I was suffering a ‘chafe’ however this would never have happened if I had have worn what I was told this morning, and the further I ran, the more I chafed and the hotter my inner leg got (take a moment to imagine this).
Turning the corner just round from the Queens Head Pub, the most miraculous thing happened, I could see the Light House. The end is near I told myself.
It wasn’t until I passed through Mile 4-5 that I started to slow down and my tiny little legs were starting to struggle, but my determination pulled me through to the very end.

As I approached the finish line my legs went into turbo mode and flew past everybody in my way and glided through the aluminium frame.

 I HAVE FINISHED – BUT I CANT WALK!

I walked another 100 meters to grab a well-earned bottle of water and to collect my goody bag.
which contained a quality bright green memorabilia t-shirt.
Over all I had an absolutely cracking morning, AMAZING weather, AMAZING crowd and AMAZING run….No medal though (disappointing)
Anybody who is thinking of doing a 10k, don’t worry about it, as long as you put in the ground work and get your body out for a run 1-2 times per week then you won’t struggle. I had a lot worry about this whole event, but it was all really quite unnecessary.

I will 100% be getting involved in this next year, hoping to get a time of sub 50mins.

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WELL DONE EVERYBODY. If anybody is looking for some motivation to get their fitness up, or have a race you’re worried about. Drop me a message via the contact page and we can see how I can help.

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