Scott continued his phenomenal form to finish in a sensational time of 1:18:11 to claim top spot for the M50 category (113th overall) and record what we believe is the fastest Scottish half marathon for 50 and above so far this year. Colin clocked 1.21.30 (214th & 25th in M40-44 age group) and Magnus set a new PB in 1.28.52 in 720th and 133th M35-39.
The three Musketeers Magnus, Colin and myself from Moorfoot Hill running club headed down south to the biggest road half marathon in the world which I have always held fond memories towards, having run my break through race in the UK 20 years ago and later having the privilege to work for the Brendan Foster empire.
Magnus had booked our trip via coach. Accommodation and VIP treatment at the end of the race helped to create a relaxed and fun experience with Colin travelling down by coach on the day. All three of us were lucky enough to get good starting positions with over 50 000 runners taking part. Seeing Colin’s grin and animation as we watched the elite guys doing a few strides seconds before the gun in front of us will go down as yet another great moment running has given me over the years.
Suddenly Brendan Foster pulled out the biggest revolver I had ever seen and the gun went off, we all streamed down the highway.
The Great North Run 2017 was two years in the planning for me and very much went to plan, enjoyed the opening 5km in 17:51 and recording 36:32 at 10km, finishing up 1st 50 year old 113th position in 1h 18 :11.
Colin has had a very strong last 12 months, running both 10 mile PB as well as a marathon, he ran a strong and consistent race finishing in 214 position in a time of 1h 21 :30 having just missed his personal best.
Magnus ran yet another strong PB 1h 28: 52 in position 720 overall; Magnus will certainly have more to come and is also running the Great Scottish Run Glasgow half in a few weeks so we’ll see then
A short thank you and personal note from me to Caroline and Katrin for the support they have given Magnus and I over the weekend and the year as well as all the Moorfoot training partners and friends who have helped to rejuvenate myself for my running and goals for 2017.
Yours in running
Some photos of us lining up just behind the elites including Mo Farah just out of shot.