February 2011 is the 30th anniversary of my starting to run. As I have said elsewhere in this blog I started running in 1981, in order to complete the first Great North Run. The GNR that year was in June and I started my training in February, not sure of the date in February, but it was February.
Following the GNR I had no intentions of continuing running. However, Anita was still in Teacher Training at the time and one of her lecturers just happened to be a coach at Blaydon Harriers. Following some persuasion by him I decided to try out the Harriers in the August and have ran ever since.
I did not start keeping training logs until September 1981, but looking back over them I have managed to clock up a total of 79,105 miles since then. I have also competed in 916 races (every distance from 100m to the marathon) and won 54 of them.
So by way of celebration, last night was an 8 mile run around Newburn and Scotswood Bridges, with 5 mile at tempo.
Here's to the next 30 years!