The Great North Run took place on Sunday 9th September. As one of the world’s most famous half marathons, this event has become hugely popular over the years, with celebrities and sports stars taking part. The course started in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and ended in South Shields, covering the total 13.1 miles.
Representing his charity, Weir Archer Academy, was Britain’s David Weir, sealing his 7th title win in a course record of 41mins and 19 seconds with John Smith finishing second. While in the ladies’ wheelchair race, Weir Archer Academy athlete, Martyna Snopek won for the first time, making it a hugely successful event for the academy. Congratulations to all who took part.
Over the last few years, the Weir Archer Academy has grown from strength to strength. Like all charities, they need year on year fundraising to ensure the same level of facilities, coaching and equipment can be provided for the new era of potential Para athletes and others seeking recreational and wellbeing benefits of feeling part of a team as well as overall health and wellbeing.
The Academy has had an incredible year so far, having won 4 medals at the World Cerebral Palsy games in Barcelona, July 2018 from some of their development athletes as well as a further four medals at the European Para Athletics event in Berlin in August 2018.
Other winners on the day, Sir Mo Farah continued his success, by winning the elite men’s race in a record-breaking fifth time in 59 minutes and 26 seconds. With New Zealand’s Jake Robertson coming second. In the ladies race, Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot won in one hour, seven minutes and 43 seconds.