Just wanted to express my exuberance at completing the great north run. It was a little on the hot side and was a tough race. I wasn't used to running with so many people and all the dodging and speeding up and slowing down which made it difficult to get into any rhythem. It was a lovely relief to see the sea towards the end and after running a great first half slowed down over the second. First time over that distance great atmosphere, great day. Not only did I finish the race, I also got the time i wanted of just under 3 hrs.