Robert Cassidy the Marketing Manager at Canopies UK competed in the 2012 Great North Run on the 16th September, running for his chosen charity of Breast Cancer Care. After lots of training he braved the elements and took his place in the 2nd largest participated half marathon in the world.
The run is the premier event in the Great Run series and firmly established as Britains biggest participation event.
From just 12,000 runners at the very first staging in 1981, the event has now grown to a record 55,000 accepted entrants from over 100,000 applicants in 2012.
Starting in Newcastle, the course took in the iconic Tyne Bridge, went through Gateshead passing the famous international athletics stadium and finished in the coastal town of South Shields.
Many world class athletes have taken on the challenge including local international and winner of the very first race, Mike McLeod as well as some of the most famous names in distance running; Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie a new course record was set in 2011 when Kenyan Martin Mathathi stormed to victory in Just 59 minutes and 27 seconds.
After returning to work this week, Rob had the following comments;
Having taken up running in the last year, I have been getting a real buzz from it. Earlier this year I decided to set myself a challenge and compete in the Great North Run. The run also coincided with my 35th birthday, so I thought what better way to celebrate than running myself to the point of exhaustion over 13.1 miles.
I set myself a target of sub 1hr 30mins, but as I crossed over the line my first thought was to find a seat, with my 2nd being to check my time. With a time of 1hr 33mins 24sec I narrowly missed out, but still finished in the top 3% with an overall position of 1426 out of 55000 entrants. I am very happy with my time and ready for the next challenge.
I would like to thank everyone at Canopies UK for their donations and support, Breast Cancer Care is a great cause and I have raised over £600, so once again thanks.