Not many of us expect to get famous when we take up running. Unless you’re as fit and fast as Paula, you may just expect to get fitter, lose weight and feel better about yourself. And those benefits alone are usually more than enough for most of us. But what if fame found you in the most unusual way? One grandmother from Darlington was amazed to find herself on the receiving end of media interviews and camera attention yesterday, after being the millionth person to complete the Bupa Great North Run.
Tracey Cramond from Darlington, aged 51, took up running last summer to help her cope with the loss of her mother. The Bupa Great North Run was only her second half marathon (she ran the event last year too). Tracey knew there would be a millionth runner this year but like most of us, didn’t expect to find the spotlight on herself. ‘I didn’t expect for one minute that it would be me,’ she says. ‘I’m just a local girl from Darlington.’
Tracey’s son in law, Danny, was meant to run with her but had to pull out of the race due to a chest infection. ‘I ran last year for my mum, who passed away in June, and I was running this year for the Butterwick Hospice in Stockton, a charity that do amazing work for local people and for people outside the area,’ she says.
Tracey admits that she had no idea what time she ran and wasn’t bothered. She was just focused on finishing.
You can read our full review of the Bupa Great North Run in the November cover-dated issue of Women’s Running, on sale 25 September 2014.