First Great North Run experience for Thornton!!!

David ran and completed his first Great North Run on Sunday September 18th 2011. His time of 2hours 0minutes and 33seconds was a new personal best over this distance.

"I was gutted not to have broken the 2 hour mark, but I had a great time and I'm looking forward to my next opportunity to run and raise some more money for a worthy cause."

The famous half marathon, which attracted 54,000 entrants, was started by the newly crowned world 5,000m champion Mo Farah. He was joined by Dr Emma Egging, the widow of Red Arrow pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging who died in a crash in August. The runners watched as the Red Arrows flew over the start line and later over the Tyne Bridge. Following the start, Mo Farah shook hands with hundreds of runners as they went past.

Thousands of people were running for a wide range of charities and causes. David ran in support of The Royal National Institute for the Blind and raised £320. If anyone would like to add to this total the fundraising page remains open until November. Please go to:

......and give generously!!!

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