Kaiser Chiefs’ Peanut finishes the Great North Run in record time

The keyboardist finished the race in 1:34

Kaiser Chiefs keyboardist Nick Baines, who’s known as Peanut, finished the Great North Run in one hour and 34 minutes today.

Taking place between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields, the Great North Run is the world’s largest half marathon with more than 40,000 runners taking part this year.

Peanut didn’t run at the speed of winner Mo Farah, who took first place for the third year in a row, completing in a laudable one hour and four seconds (42 seconds slower that his previous year). However, the keyboardist’s time was faster than the average – which was two hours, 12 minutes and 19 seconds last year – and doubly good considering he’d practically come straight from a gig in Germany the night before, as he told BBC presenter Gabby Logan.


In the end Peanut raised £1,806 for The Graham Wylie Foundation, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff Robbins.

The rest of the band were very proud, posting on Facebook “what a guy!” before heading to the Metro Radio Arena for heir performance at the Great North Run after party, Run, Rock n Raise.

The Kaiser Chiefs will head out on tour early next year.

The Leeds group, who have released six albums in their 13 years together, will play shows in February and March 2017 to promote their latest record, ‘Stay Together’, which is released on October 7.

Former The Voice mentor Ricky Wilson and his bandmates will begin the tour on February 22 at Llandudno’s Venue Cymru Arena. They will then visit Bournemouth, Birmingham, Plymouth, Brighton, London and Manchester. The run of dates will conclude with a show in their hometown of Leeds.


The full dates are as follows:

Llandudno, Venue Cymru Arena (February 22)
Bournemouth, International Centre (February 24)?Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (February 25)
Plymouth, Pavilions (February 27)
Brighton, Centre (February 28)
London, The O2 (March 1)
Manchester, Arena (March 3)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (March 4)