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Training for the Great North Run with Hannah Bayman

Hannah Bayman
Hannah Bayman is training for the Great North Run

Chris Grieveson is helping BBC Look North's weather presenter Hannah Bayman get fit for the Great North Run.

Here's the first of his guides to getting you ready for the world's biggest half marathon.

Chris, 30, was manager of a team of 50 staff at Northern Rock when he was made redundant last year.

"The redundancy, along with turning 30, made me reflect on what my priorities really were," he said. "I felt less materialistic and was looking for something I loved doing, which would get me out of bed in the morning."

Becoming a trainer

The marketing graduate from Durham had been passionate about fitness since his teens.

He took a full-time course in anatomy and nutrition and trained with Canadian strength coach Charles Poliquin in London, before launching as a personal trainer.

Chris is now based at Be Fit Body Management in Kenton, Newcastle, where his clients include Newcastle Falcons rugby players.

"It has started to snowball," Chris explains, "The business isn't where I want it to be yet but it's picking up. Personal recommendations are really important."

Pulling a truck

He runs one-hour boot camps twice a week at Be Fit, where he gets his class to pull sleds, flip tyres and even push and drag a Toyota truck.

Chris Grieveson
Pulling a truck is part of Chris' boot camp

Chris said: "The boot camps are fun, with a lot of camaraderie. You're not on a treadmill, clock-watching.

"Strongman training is a great way of working the whole body, instead of isolating one muscle like you do in the gym.

"I believe weight-training is the best way to get fit. If you can go for an hour at boot camp, you can go for two hours on the Great North Run."

To begin your training for the Great North Run, these are Chris' top tips:


1. Choose three or four running days each week maximum, with a rest day in between.

2. Vary your runs. Do one longer run a week, with two shorter runs. Your shorter runs should include some faster minutes as well as slower recoveries, or some running up and down a hill.

3. Stretch before and after each run.


1. Don't flog yourself running every day. You need your rest days so you can give 100% when you do run.

2. Don't get hung up on how many miles you run.

3. Don't skip meals. Try to eat every two hours on training days, even if it's just a snack of nuts or fruit. This will keep your metabolism high.

Chris Grieveson
Chris will be helping Hannah train for the Great North Run on 19 September

Chris on Hannah: "I measured fat in different places on Hannah's body as a way of finding her hormone levels, a technique known as Bio-Signature.

"It showed she has lower than average tolerance of carbohydrates so I have told her to cut out bread and pasta.

"We are also doing weights exercises to make sure Hannah is structurally balanced, working the muscles around her ankle, knee and hip to support her when she runs."

Just for blokes?

Hannah on Chris: "Before training with Chris, I admit I thought weights were just for blokes. I wouldn't have dared to venture into the weights room at my gym.

"I'm quite enjoying pumping some iron now though and finding out how each exercise can help with my running. Cutting out bread has been really hard but I feel a bit leaner."

Next week: Chris will explain how to build your running muscles ready for the big day.

More information on Be Fit can be found on the Be Fit website.

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