In short: Nice run, but the route does have problems In full: I don't want to be too critical because it is a nice friendly atmosphere and it was for a good local cause. BUT, within roughly 400m of the start there is a bottleneck where it starts to go on the trail, and the trail then is very narrow. There are approx 4 bottlenecks or steps to go through/over, so a PB is unlikely. The water stations were not properly run. When I went past the first one, there were just 2 people frantically pouring water into plastic cups. As they were only filling them up between 1/3 and 1/2 I saw people running off with 2 or 3 cups at a time. I know that the later runners did not get to have any water at either station. If it was due to lack of cups, then runners at the front, please spare a thought for the runners coming behind you. I know you think you need the water more as you are running faster, but it is only a 10K and maybe the slower, more inexperienced runners need it more.
FInal gripe now. I know it is not just this run that has done it, and I know it will not be the last, but, if you advertise to give certain incentives to run, like a trophy and goody bag, please do you best to supply them.
All that said, I will be back next year. Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: Hope to be there again next year In full: This was my first GNR and my first half marathon. The atmosphere was fantastic although it was very hot. Its not a run if you want a fast time - too many walkers too near the front, but the crowd are amazing all the way. And running over the Tyne bridge to the Red Arrows -Wow!! Mind that last mile along the Coast Road is never ending!
Would I do it again? DEFINITELY!! Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: good atmosphere, ,not for runners though! In full: As a first time runner, I read how to train for this race in the programme given.But it all seemed pointless when I got there! Although it was a fun run I expected it to be quite clear, as it did in the programme, that if you were a walker that you stayed on the right so that runners could get by on the left. It wasn't announced on the speakers as we waited. I stood by the plaque where it was my expected time to finish. But looking around I began to see that I needed to be closer to the front as most people were walkers! A person next to me said people couldn't get on the road so they were waiting for the elite runners to go and then step in front- these were walkers too! It was hopeless, many women were shouting walkers to the right as we tried to run but it was very difficult just to jog.Half way round a marshall was shouting walkers to the right but thats the only time I heard it said officially. I know it was a fun run but I had trained expecting to run and thought this would be catered for. I met up with a friend later who had run this race for many years.She said that it was always like this. Why? I found it quite fustrasting as my first run. Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: A great day out marred by tragic deaths of 4 fellow runners In full: My 15th GNR (what happened to the other 10 ?) and yet again the weather was (too) kind. This race has moved from June in the early days, through October, and now back to September and the weather has only been really bad once for me, which is amazing given it's in the NE of England. Forget PB's unless you are near the front (like lucky me 'cos I've done it so many times) but chip timing (introduced this year for the first time) at leat means your finish time is true running time and not 'since the gun went off'. Crowds this year seemed bigger than ever, especially on the finishing mile along the coast, and support throught was fantastic. If you have not done this race before sign up for 2006 now ! Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: Enjoyed the run, nice change to the bigger events In full: Weather was nice and cool, made for a good run with PB achieved. Brass band at start, a nice touch, water one on route but cup instead of bottle, not ideal. Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: A good race but water a bit after the the 5K point In full: Overall a good event and one which I would do again, well organised although the car parking and start arrangements weren't that obvious but there lots of people around to ask. This was my first race after having near fatal meningitis and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I was near the back. Free photos of the event and lots of them is a big bonus
In short: Hope to go back again In full: The second time for me and I was very glad to go back. The event is not to be missed. Organisation is great, considering the number of people. The only gripe is why do some people start at the front and walk after the first mile. I am sure these muppets wont be reading these columns and taking it on board though!! Maybe it should be mentioned more in the before event magazines.
It must be remembered and a thought spared for the four people who didn't make it this year. Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: Well organised 1/2 Marathon In full: Enjoyed the race it could have benefited from the car park being a bit nearer as had a LONG walk/run to start. Well organised with enough water. Cars a bit scary some seemed to be getting very annoyed with us runners. All in all a good race will probably run again if I can. Well done New Forest Marathon. Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: Mona moaner! In full: Beautiful course, well organised, very friendly atmosphere, excellent post-race food/massage, make sure you save energy for second half hills (esp the one at 23)! Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: Great apart from the assholes pushing in trying to get to the front. I destroyed some of them later :-) In full: Plenty of scenic beauty on and off the course and plenty of female buttock motion to keep you going :-) Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: An excellent course for PB potential - Good value In full: My first 1/2 marathon - which I was pleased with. No thrills, but a good simple , well marshalled / organised race. Defo PB potential. At the end of the day what more can you expect for the entry fee charged?
In short: Lovely landscape, but the hills were challenging! In full: This was my first HM, which was probably not the best choice because I was fairly sluggish due to the "mountains". The organisation was superb, especially the parking. Date of review: September 28, 2005