The Greatest 13.1 September (21.1km)

20170912_173248.jpgI can’t believe it’s nearly two weeks since The Great North Run happened! I didn’t compete for numerous reasons – I can’t run that far in one go yet, I was too late to sign up and I didn’t want to pay the £54 entry fee! However, an opportunity arose to complete the Great North Run race distance in the space of a week running up to the big event. What was the opportunity? A Virtual Race of course!

The race was courtesy of Virtual Runner UK and the plot if you like was to run the distance of The Great North Run over the space of a week (4th – 10th September). You didn’t have to do it all in one go which was handy, as I physically couldn’t! I did it in two runs instead.

The Route


As I did this over two runs, I decided to run along the River Tyne for my first stint of 10.1km where I passed the iconic Tyne Bridge and ran over the Millennium Bridge and the Swing Bridge. My second stint took me into Heaton Park and Jesmond Dene, following the stream. It rained for this run, all 11km of it. At first it wasn’t so bad, just a drizzle but then, when I was about 5km away from home, the heavens opened. I got very wet!

The Statistics

The Greatest 13.1
Price £12.00
Distance 21.10km
Time Taken 02:19:08
Charity Pancreatic Cancer Action
Donation £2.40

The Medal

For completing this race I got, in my opinion, a quite spectacular medal. It incorporates many of the iconic monuments of Newcastle and Gateshead including The Angel of the North, The Sage, The Tyne and Millennium Bridges, the Gateshead Stadium complete with a fly by of the Red Arrows. The detail is pretty amazing!

20170912_173302.jpgIf you fancy running this one, they have relaunched it and it can be found by clicking here. Be quick though, you only have between the 25th September – 1st October to complete the distance!

Have you already run this race? How did you do? Let me know!

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Thanks for Jogging by,