CHARITY runner Scott Worboys has completed the Great North Run - describing it as an “incredible experience.”
The world’s second-largest half-marathon event was the cancer survivor’s 12th road race, but he said this was “something else.”
“I ran over the famous Tyne Bridge, jaw gaping.
“Cheering crowds hanging from bridges, gardens turned into impromptu water stations by house owners along the route, tiny children passing out biscuits, jelly babies and even money to runners carrying buckets - I was just gobsmacked and amazed at the new sights and sounds I was experiencing.”
Due to the amount of runners - Scott was one of around 55,000 people taking part in the event - when the gun went off it took him 30 minutes to reach the start.
“When I finally got to the start, Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams was hi-fiving the runners - it just blew me away,” added Scott.
Having struggled with a couple of injuries over the past year, Scott admits he was flagging by the ten-mile mark and he described the last three miles as “excruciatingly painful”, with every step feeling as though his hips and thighs were being “stabbed by tiny knives.”
But the when the wall of sound hit him in South Shields, it carried him over the last 800 metres as the Red Arrows carried out a display over the beach.
And of course, the other thing spurring him on was the fact he was raising money for Kidney Cancer UK - a charity very personal to Scott, having undergone a life-saving operation to remove his kidney, after being diagnosed with cancer two years ago.
This time, Scott has raised £1,125 - bringing his total to £6,475 since he took up running just five months after his operation.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all the incredible people who have donated over the last two years,” said Scott.
“Without them all this craziness wouldn’t have been possible - and thanks again to the Rasen Mail for all its support. Together we’ve all given cancer a bloody nose.”