Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bupa Great North Run

When we first found out that we would be moving to Newcastle, England, one of the first things Sean did was google the city to read up about where we would be living. One of the things he read about was the Bupa Great North Run--the world's largest half marathon, which starts right in Newcastle. As soon as he read this, he knew he wanted to do it. Back in February he applied for the lottery to get into the race (last year there were over 100,000 applicants and only half were accepted). Luckily, he got in!

This past Sunday was race day and Beckham and I went down with Sean to see him off at the start. It was CRAZY with all of the people!

The start line

Before the race

Right before the race started some of the Royal Air Force fighter jets flew overhead.

The wheelchair racers were the first to start, then the elite women, and finally the elite men followed by the masses of 54,000 people! Even though Sean was in the 3rd of 11 start groups (and I wasn't very far down from the start line), it took TEN MINUTES for him to pass me after the gun went off for the main group!

Here come the masses!!!

Hangin' out waiting for daddy to pass

As soon as Sean passed us, Beckham and I hurried home to grab some lunch, then got right back on the metro to meet Sean at the finish line in South Shields on the coast. Luckily we got a seat, because the train was PACKED for the entire 40 minutes it took us to get there.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to the finish quick enough to see Sean cross the line, but we met up with him shortly after to congratulate him on a great run! (He took 5768th place--not bad considering there were 54,000 runners!)

After the race

While we were hanging out at the finish, more fighter jets put on a little air show, which was fun to watch!

It ended up being a long, crazy day, but it was definitely a fun one!!! Good job Sean!!!

These last 2 are just because Beckham is cute :)