Congratulations and a huge “thank you” to all who took part in the BUPA Great North Run in aid of CRY on Sunday 20th September 2009.
This year we had a record 80 runners amongst the 54,000 participants, including CRY Patron and former England Rugby Union International, Simon Halliday (below).
It was an emotional day for everyone, especially for those who were running in memory of a friend or family member who died suddenly.
We were blessed with beautiful sunshine on race day – it was wonderful weather for spectators but was an unusually warm September day for running! Despite the heat and the huge number of entrants many of our runners still managed to achieve amazing times which was quite a feat.
It was great to meet so many of our runners and supporters in person on the day and present them with a well earned goody bag and chocolate supply.
There was an atmosphere of achievement mixed with exhaustion around the CRY meeting point. Fortunately we seemed to have the best location for sea views – it was a beautiful vista, perfect for viewing the red arrows whilst cooling down.
Thank you to all who came to meet us.
This was the first year that CRY has had a presence at the Great North Run. Next year we hope to have an even stronger presence as 2010 is CRY’s 15th anniversary year and Sunday 19th September 2010 will be the 30th Great North Run.
Thank you to all CRY supporters who have sent in photographs from the day – plenty more photos can be found here.
We hope that all of our runners are now feeling less sore than they were at the finish and that everyone has fully recovered!
Once again an enormous “thank you” to all of our runners for your huge effort in completing the half marathon and for all of your fundraising for CRY. Thank you also to all who have sponsored a CRY runner for the Great North Run or made a donation. It was a fantastic day.
The CRY Team – Rebecca, Ben, Laura & Tony