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I think a big “well done” is in order

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Jumping for joy

Tories celebrate Karen Allen's safe two hour run

2009 Great North Run best ever says Brendan Foster

Felt like the best year ever as an outsider and spectator, I managed to fire off about 200 frames around the South Shields part of the course and I am never tired of seeing how magnificently the whole event is organised. With over 54000 runners and their attendant family and friends visiting the town there is one one huge logistical operation going on behind the scenes to make sure the event goes smoothly and safely, and needless to say that by this morning South Shields looks and feels as ordinary as possible after yesterday’s media attention.

It is true, the eyes of the world are upon us as the BBC streams it’s output around the UK and elsewhere, but how often do we hear about the army of organisers, bus drivers, metro drivers, road sweepers and litter collectors, volunteer bands and first aid attendants, stewards, and policemen and women putting in the extra effort?

No, we tend to think about the runners only, or the Red Arrows, who I must say provided an outstanding display yesterday in what must have been perfect weather for them, yet we hardly mention the nameless ones who make the whole event go off with a bang. So I think a big “well done” and “thank you” is in order for the folks at Nova International and South Tyneside Council who manage to keep up with the growth of the world’s biggest half marathon and leave our town looking pretty damned good the day after.

If you are looking for pictures, I’ll publish a few in South Shields Daily Photo this week, and a few more in South Shields Daily Pictures next week.

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Written by curly

September 21, 2009 at 10:23 am

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