Delight for Brenda who completes Great North Run

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BRENDA Burness, the local nurse who admitted to the Review that she’d never even run for a bus before starting training for the Great North Run, has successfully completed the half-marathon.

And she has raised over £900 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Brenda told us after the race that she was overjoyed to have completed it without stopping.

She continued: “The atmosphere was fantastic, there was a buzz around, and we all just couldn’t wait to get started. The starter pistol fired and then we had to walk for 15 minutes before we even crossed the start line!

“The streets from Gateshead in Newcastle to South Shields were lined with well-wishers cheering and clapping. There were folk handing out orange segments, jelly babies, ice pops and even custard creams, as well as volunteers with water and glucose drinks.

“Bands were playing on roundabouts. The weather was sunny and hot for the first eight miles then it clouded over and the heavens opened. I’ve never been so glad to feel the rain - it really helped cool us down.!

“That last mile was the longest mile of my life. It seemed to take forever, but finally over the hill, down towards the sea and along the promenade the end was in sight. I crossed the finish line in 2.13:29, which I was pretty pleased with, having only had 18 weeks of training.”

Brenda has sent thanks to everyone who helped or sponsored her, and adds that you still can at

She has already registered for next year’s run, with the enthusiastic support of her training run partners, spaniels Paddy and Murphy!