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glass half full story #50: The old man's 5th #greatnorthrun #GNR2017 #RNIB and his first sub-2hours. Full marathon next time? #dad #legend #run #runner #running #winning* (Posted by Adrian Scarlett, one very proud son).

The 'old man' is my brother in law, Alan...a wee slip of a lad in his 60th year! The Great North Run is equivalent to our City to Surf....being 13.5 miles (22kms)!! Visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_North_Run

This year Alan was running in support of the RNIB, (Royal National Institute for The Blind), as he himself lost the sight in one eye a few years ago, following yet another sporting achievement! (No, not Darts down the local pub!!)

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As you can see Alan set himself a goal of achieveing his Personal Best (PB), being under 2 hours..tick that box! Brilliant! Al's next goal...off course the Full Marathon. GO SON !!!

As Alan's son Adrian so proudly concludes, #dad #legend #run #runner #running #winning*
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Charlie Brown
Hi Charlie,

Thank you for the post. Running has helped me a lot to improve my well being and mentality. I am fitter, a stone (6kg) lighter, I've changed my diet and cut out red meats, and reduced my alcohol intake.
I used to run on my own to try and keep fit, this requires and lot of motivation. A year and half ago I joined a friend in taking part local Park Runs (such a brilliant idea), and also local open 5km, 10km road races. This not only added a competitive edge to try and achieve better times, which I feel improves my well being, but also gives the motivation to get out there. I have also met many new friends - its great.
Northumberland, no matter what the weather, is such a beautiful county to run in. The Great North Run is a fantastic event, this was my 5th. The crowds line the route from start to finish. and when the Red Arrows fly overhead at the start it brings a lump to the throat. This year the man behind the GNR the great Geordie Lad Brendan Foster started the race and as I ran through the start line I was able to catch his attention to shout a big thank you - he relied "thanks mate" and give me a thumbs up. These little things make it all worth it. And of course the support of your loved ones on the day and all through the training.  
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glasshalffullcom
Many thanks for this very personal insight, not only into the motivation as to why you do the things you do, but also from the perspective of the Run itself. I still recall the superhuman efforts made by the amazing long distance runner, Brendan Foster, all those years ago.
Just FYI,  I have had the privilege of running in the Sydney City to Surf, albeit a mere 14 kms, not only enjoying the sensational scenery, the camaraderie of the runners,  but also having to dig deep within myself when taking on and beating Heartbreak Hill, ( a long tortuous incline at roughly the half way stage)! This was when the mind played such a crucial part. My goal was to achieve sub 90 minutes, which I am delighted to say I achieved on my 3rd attempt. An amazing feeling!!
CONGRATULATIONS once again!!
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Charlie Brown
Exactly. Brendan wasn't great as a kid, but he made himself better, by effort and working and learning with others. Out every day putting in the miles, when it wasn't "cool" to do this sort of thing and British sports people were a bit amateurish, let say. Do you know that the Northumbria Police have never actually given official permission for GNR, Brendan wrote to them, he got no official NO, so he just did it! Do you remember the other guy David Bedford with the big tash?, he's who the 118 118 guys are modelled on, he had no sprint finish so he used to go all out from the start and be a lap ahead, only for the rest of the field to catch him. These are the guys that inspired Coe, Ovett and Cram.  

Yes, those targets are so important. I shall be doing my 50th Park Run this Saturday, at only 5km these are brilliant to set yourself targets to beat. If you have one near you I recommended having a go. I have gone from 36mins to 25mins in 18 months. It took me 5 weeks to break 27mins I had 3 weeks of 27.01. 27.02 and 27.03!! Then suddenly you smash it and there is a great feeling of satisfaction. I also marshal from time to time and this gives you a totally different perspective. There's an 85 year old chap, who's just started, he lost his wife 6 weeks ago and was looking for something to do. He got a new PB last week, brilliant! Looking forward to seeing him there this week. Keep running!! 
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Daisy
[thumb][biggrin] Well done Alan! I feel exhausted just thinking about running, but you are right, it is great for the moral and focus to run with others, and you get so much more back from everyone. Keep running!
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