September 15, 2013
The 3rd weekend in September is reserved every year for one of the best running events in the world – the Bupa Great North Run. Its a half marathon distance through the city of Newcastle to the coast, ending at the beach which is packed with thousands of fans, waiting families, loved ones and the runners tents. This half marathon has grown year by year to become one of the biggest and best loved of all half marathons because of the atmosphere, the crowds, the runners who take on the challenge and the reasons they do it.
It ran it for the first time in 2012, and although not a runner in anyway, I loved it. In 2013 I went back as a volunteer to work for St. Oswalds Hospice, providing post-run massage to the very deserving and fantastic team of charity runners who completed the race.
I massaged long skinny fast legs, strong powerful legs, latex covered bat-girl legs, ballerina legs, roman centurion legs and lots of very tired, very sore and very cramped up legs.
It was a long and intense day, but great experience for a new sports therapist! Thanks everyone and especially St. Oswalds for a spot in your marquee!