There are many enduring memories and indelible images of the GNR that we all probably share. Local legend Mike Mc Leod winning the first, Steve Kenyon (Salford) running 62.44, Benson Masya winning, again and again, sadly no longer with us. Supern ladies, Grete Waitz, Rosa Mota, Ingrid Kristiansen, Liz Mc Colgan, Paula Radcliffe etc. Alan Dent outsprinting Kevin Keegan......Nell Mc Andrew dressed as Superwoman ....tops for me.....Then...the Kenyans!
But for me the most interesting shots are of the initial meeting at the Swallow Hotel. Brendan Foster, inspired by the Round The Bays Race in Auckland, New Zealand invited four intrigued friends from Gateshead Harriers to discuss the possibility of a race never before seen in the UK. A race not just for established club runners but for a much wider non running public.
We see JOHN CAINE, with JOHN TRAINOR making a point to DAVE ROBERTS, BRENDAN FOSTER and MAX COLEBY
Thirty years later...............see tomorrow!