Great North Run 2013 - a review

We wanted to give you a quick insight into our Great North Run 2013 weekend.

We supported 100 Samaritans runners in the lead up to the event and on the day itself.

The runners meet for a photo at the start and then begin the gruelling 13.1 mile run in the rain (the rain is always inevitable).

The toughest part of the course is the last mile, as it is rather unfairly uphill and the rain is often sideways due to the ‘breeze’ from the sea. Therefore upon reaching mile 12, the runners see a sea of Samaritans green at our cheering point, but no doubt hear the hollers of support from the megaphone first.

Once they’ve triumphantly crossed the finish line, runners make their way to our new improved Charity Village marquee, where they receive a friendly welcome from branch volunteers in addition to a warm cuppa and a well-deserved massage.

Once they’ve refuelled and recovered, runners and their families descend on the post-run celebration venue to enjoy a welcome glass of fizz, a certificate and of course a warm welcome from the Events Team. They can then take full advantage of the facilities including a massage, before heading off home with a warm and fuzzy feeling in their bellies, but slightly achy legs.