On Sunday morning whilst most of us were still lounging around in our pyjamas, bemoaning the new lows plummeted by the Hack Pack in France and the diminishing ice caps in the Arctic, Archie and Karen Hume were warming up for the start of the Great North Run in the company of ‘80s fitness icon, Mr. Motivator.
They joined 55,000 other participants in the world’s biggest half-marathon. And according to Karen, who ran for Mental Health Charity, Mind, the atmosphere was electric; having been waved off by Mo Farah and Ellie Simmonds, runners were carried along on a wave of post-Olympic euphoria.
The Geordies know how to do it! Such a brilliant atmosphere and encouragement all the way, including bottles of Newcastle brown ale handed out at mile 11 by a group of locals – if you felt that way inclined – probably at the point when I was struggling!
Karen hasn’t actually confided whether she imbibed or not, but she didn’t hesitate to share with A Hume staffers that she finished a full minute ahead of Archie in a time of 2hrs 11mins.
Beyond the office though Karen & Archie have been reluctant to blow their own trumpet – so just as well we’re here to cue the fanfare – a huge big ‘YEAH!’ to them both. Fitting in training alongside the insane hours they work riding the A Hume wave is no mean feat. They truly are committed to squeezing the most out of every minute of the day.
Also competing with them was Karen’s brother Andrew Milne, who was first over the line in an impressive 1hr 50 minutes – a big ‘YEAH!’ to him too.
Not though, to the three younger members of the Kelso cohort, Gill Eggo (29), Charles Cordiner (29) and Grant Murray (33), who all had to pull out due to injury – a suspicious and lame effort (boom, boom) that proves they just don’t make ‘em like they used to.