Most of you will know about the Great North Run, the largest half Marathon in the world in which 54000 runners from around the world compete over 13.1 miles through the streets of Newcastle and Tyneside. What many of you perhaps were not aware of are the “Mini great North Runs” which take place on the Saturday before the main event and in which children and young people from around the country compete over a 4km course, a course shared by many of the best runners in the world who also compete on Saturday in the “Great City Games”.
This year Holmfirth Harrier’s talented youngster Jimmy Burke made the trip to Newcastle to contest the race for 9 and 10 year olds. Racing on streets just vacated by Mo Farah (who incidentally won the 2 mile race with ease) Jimmy, who has broken this summer the club record for 600m, previously held by Mark Buckingham, made the race his own and eased through the field of over 400 athletes to finish in first place in a time of 15:52. A man of few words Jimmy did confess to being “pleased” with his result and was really pleased with the trophy he was presented with on the podium and the vouchers he also won. One to watch for the future.