My 2nd GNR and they get better every year, the magic point is crossing the Tyne Bridge as the Red Arrows fly over, being in the Orange B start group we always cross the bridge before they come over.
The support of all the people along the route are fantastic, the kids and parents handing out ornages and jelly babies, drinks and hoses along the way, Elvis at Mile 11 is a real treat along with the tent between 11-12 organised by the North East Drinking Club for those with a Running Problem.
The finish is a real gut buster, a straight 1.1 miles that never seems to end and you run harder and faster for that line that seems to keep moving further towards North Shields every year.
The only disappointment is the organisation of buses from South Shileds to the start line, ques were mismanaged and bus drivers were turning runners away because there were no seats left, - Bus Drivers, if we're going to run 13.1 miles we don't mind standing to get to the start of the race, we just want to get there.
Another great day out with the people of Tyneside
Posted: 21/09/2011 at 19:47