In short: crowds are great In full: the GNR has been going for 25 years, but it really could learn a lot in terms of Orginisation for the London Marathon. You have to be there very early to get to the baggage buses , when you get to the end the buses are order. South shields is nightmare to get away from 1 hour wait for the metro back to Newcastle. The £34 entry fee is very high compared with £26 for london and it now all down to a ballot to get in. And Brendon Foster calls it the people's race,sorry but its now the Charities race (20,000) places at £350 to raise in sponsenship Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Cold damp start, tough terrain for a charity race In full: Agree with other comments. Spent too long hanging around getting very cold before the race started. Not enough toilets, 10 for >700 people, just as well they didn't get the expected 1500! This was a tough x-country course for a charity race. Felt more like a winter x-country race. Clock at finish shaved 30secs off my time! Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: challenging XC course, well marshelled, and friendly In full: must be one of the best 10m XC races in the country, and free beer at the finish very well deserved Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: More of a fell race than a half marathon. In full: I did the half and thought the organisation could have been better as the route was not always clearly marked and there were only 2 drink stations serving only water. Overall the race was good value but no permanent memento such as a t-shirt was offered and the half marathoners didnt even get a certificate! Amazing scenery as it was a clear day but the terrain had everything including bogs, steps and part of it was along what looked like a small stream!! Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Great event,did a pb time,took 12 mins off last years,so really enjoyed it..heat? what heat..never bothered me. In full: first of all,who said the great north was a FUN RUN? it may be fun for 40,000+ runners/walkers but for people like me it's deadly serious.i went there to set a pb,and did just that...each to their own,as long as people recognise that they have time bands at the start for a reason....there is no advantage to be gained by a 4hr runner starting at the front,apart from maybe getting noticed on tv. in saying that though i did only have 390 runners in front of me. as always,this was a very well organised race. Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Excellent fun - remember it is a FUN RUN not a serious run ! In full: I can't beleive everyone complaining about the walkers - granted they should have more consideration and start at the back but with 50,000 plus people what do you expect ? The one gripe I have are the inconsiderate folk who just push you out of their way to get by you or just stand on you ! I was so fed up with this I elbowed anyone trying to push me out of the way after a few miles !
This race is for people to take part in not to get all serious about !
The Red Arrows were fab - we were going over the bridge as they turned up ! EXCELLENT
I thought the water stations were fine and at just the right places.
I do believe that something should be done to facilitate the flow of people at the start - maybe set off a thousand runners every couple of minutes or something ?
I recently completed the Great Scottish Run with 20,000+ people and that went through parks with one pavement and noone was pushing you out of the way there etc.
Although, the billing for this year was the best ever due to the 25th Aniversary the only difference to others I have completed (my 5th one) were the number of ambulances and amount of people fainting. There were no special momentos or anything which as a shame !
In short: Sun, Sea & Fruit Allsorts... In full: Felt like my husband and I were on the M6 dodging big bulky trucks plodding (walking) in every lane... other than that the race had fantastic weather, great atmosphere and of course the Red Arrows. Usual complaints about walkers at the front clogging up the race apply to this review. Became Fruit Allsort addicts at the end thanks to the freebies being dished out. Fantastic event, would do it again and almost certainly will. Will remember next year to find a way to avoid the Metro at South Shields afterwards! Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Fantastic Atmosphere ... but I think numbers should not be increased from current 50,000 In full: My 12th GNR, so luckily I qualify for a green number meaning I can start near the front. So, I wasn't bothered much by walkers ( I ended up doing quite a bit of it myself by mile 10 !! ).
Originally, the GNR was at the beginning of the summer, then one year it was a scorcher and caused the runners loads of problems, so it was moved to September the following year. I agree that there should be a water station before 4.5 miles ( I needed it!) , but the reason they ran out of water was that a lot of people ingored the marshals pleas of "1 Bottle per person" and grabbed 2 or more. But then again, maybe the organisers should have got more water in ...
My thanks go to the small child handing out mint humbugs at mile 11 ... the dizziness was starting to set in and that sorted it !! Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: First half marathon, what a great experience, can't stop thinking about it In full: I had heard the horror stories of the start in advance but being dropped off over two and a half hours before the race managed to get in at my forecast time betwen the 7 and 7:30 markers. Surprised to see so many people walking in front of me and agree with a need for consideration for others: if you are going to take over three hours to do it, why do you want to be first over the start line! All of the training paid off, and I did have a relatively clear run from 3-4 mile onwards. Crowd were fantastic and "happy slapping" little Geordies on the way round did give a lift. Desparately sad news to hear of the deaths,thoughts are with their families. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Loved it! A wonderful place to run with great organisation In full: Appreciated all of the organisation that went into this - the bananas, the well-run bag collection, plentiful water stations & sponges (although yes, the first water stop was undermanned). Speeding cars were a bit worrying at a couple of points, but not enough to detract from the race. Thanks to the small kids handing out sweets & the lad with the sprinkler was really welcome on a hot day. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: MARVELLOUS ATMOSPHERE In full: NOT A RACE FOR PB'S - A RACE TO SOAK UP AN AMAZING ATMOSPHERE. AS HALF MARATHONS GO THIS IS UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD. THE SAD DEATHS MAY OWE SOMETHING TO THE EVENT ATMOPSHERE DISGUISING THE FACT THAT IT IS A 13 MILE RUN THAT IS DEMANDING. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: If you only ever do one half marathon then make it this one. In full: Pleased to have finished my fist GNR in just over 2 hours but as a lot of others have said too many people walking right from the start does spoil it a bit. Atmosphere not as good as FLM as spectators access is restricted therefore you loose the great support that London has. Very sorry for the families of the runners who died doing there bit to help other people less fortunate than them selves. Date of review: September 21, 2005