In short: My first great north run and an event I'll always remember. In full: This is the first time I have run over ten miles and I did find it a bit hard going towards the end - finished just outside 2 hours. There were a lot of walkers to avoid during the early stages and I found the wait at the start quite long - good to see the ashes though. Aiming to get under 2 hours next year, but must remember to take a bin liner or space blanket to the start to keep warm, drink loads in case it as hot again and start a little further forward to avoid the walkers.
On the whole a great day, but very sad to hear afterwards about the four who had died. I hope the chap I saw sitting at the roadside within the last 800m made it to the finish. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Glad to have run it, but never again. Too many people and not enough road In full: Thank goodness for chip timings, 20 mins to cross the start. Thousands upon thousands of walkers all starting (seemingly) right at the front, think I spent more time running sideways than forwards. On a more positive note, atmosphere is fantastic and glad I've completed the event Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Very tough this year due to weather In full: Despite having trained more than any previous year I found this the toughest due to the fact it went from being so cold I was shaking two hours before the start to being so sunny that I ended up very dehydrated. Unfortunately as always there was the people who feel the need to walk after half a mile starting near the front - why can't they show a consideration and start near the back! Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Toughest one yet due to the weather!!! In full: Boy was this harder than last year!!!!! It seems that everyone i've spoken too struggled after the 10 mile mark. This can only be down to the weather and i would suggest that energy drink, gels or salts be available to replenish what had been lost. Many thanks though to the families who provided support and refreshments along the route especially the kids with the ice pops on what was one of the hottest days ever witnessed in Sept. More like mid to late 20's than 18c. As previously mentioned my condolences to the families of the four who sadly passed away. Still hope to be back next year tho'
In short: If you're 18 Stone and 10 of that's round the middle, get to the back! In full: OK I'm no Adonis, nor am I Seb Coe, but I did train for the event and I have done half Marathons before. When I enter a race, I don't intend to when it, but I do intend to RUN it. I started with a freind in the 2hrs mark. After 2 miles we'd hit walls of walkers. Not sensible ones walking single file at the sides but big fat ones walking 3 abreast! This happened throughout the race, thus causing a break in rythm and forcing us to walk at times. The event had everything; a great course in a lovely city, full of lovely people cheering us on in a fantastic manner. However, whilst this made it a great day out and a stunning event, the walkers ruined it as a run. I'd love to do it again if they managed it like the Wilmslow run, where excessive walkers are removed, but unfortunately I can't see this happening. This could be one of the best RUNS there is. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Hills, rivers, views and excellent orgaisation In full: Thanks for organising an excellent race. And thanks also to all the friendly marshals. It was tough but having walked the course previously I knew what I was leting myself in for - still didn't make that last uphill mile any easier though. Can recommend it to anyone who likes hills and scenery. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: First GNR thoroughly enjoyable (apart from the walkers at the front) In full: If you could bottle and sell the camaraderie and atmosphere you'd make a mint. Any walkers who started at the front reading this, please think again for next year and make it an enjoyable and SAFE event for EVERYONE. Hope the wobbly guy I gave an energy gel to in South Shields recovered enough to make it to the finish. Thanks to the British heart foundation for putting on some nice scoff at the end. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: fantastic PW potential if the weather kicks in 30 mins before the start In full: I had a horrid race setting a PW by 30 (yes count them) minutes. Knees busted, nothing in the tank by mile 10. There are some days when you have to say to yourself 'not today, its not worth it'. I ran/walked from mile 4 (at the side of the road I should add). Horrid at mile 10 to 12, too many ill people and amubulances, was horrified (but unsurprised) to hear about deaths when I got home.
General points to make: 1. Good mass participation event, expect all the usual stuff; walkers at 0.5 mile, dodging and weaving, problems at drinks stations etc etc. Don't worry aout them and enjoy it for what it is. 2. Well organised but could do better. Water before 4.5 miles might have been a good idea on such a hot day (BBC - 18C my a*se). Baggage buses less than a mile from the end would have been nice too. 3. Good atmosphere but not a patch on London. Long quiet patches along long straight dual-carriageways test the soul. Very good atmosphere amongst the runners though. Met some very nice people who helped me loads. 4. Cracking t-shirt and lots of food in goody bag - hurrah, I set a calorie intake record in the 10 minutes after finishing. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: A tough scenic race In full: The series of three made for a great weekend. Glorious weather and a very well organised event. Races were tough but catered for all abilities. Its a shame that more people don't enter as Ryde Harriers do a decent discount for the ferry so you can make a long weekend of it. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Hell on the day in all honesty In full: 2nd GNR. Last year went superbly well, had a great run and PB. This year, got off well, 4 mins to cross line from 8 mins start point, yes had to dodge a few slower "runners" but expected that.
Felt rough as hell after 8 miles when on target for PB, calf tore, and was lucky to finish in truth (1.59). I now feel ill! The really scary bit is that I can't remember huge chunks of it - anybody else ever had this?
Will be back next year but thoughts go out to those who lost loved ones. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Busy, but otherwise it would not be the GNR In full: Walkers at the front: nothing you can do about them. I sometimes give them a little nudge. It IS crowded, but so is London. If you want some space go do one of the other halfs. Would agree with a water stop nearer the 3 mile mark. Its still a GREAT event and recommend it to anyone. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Excellent race, friendly organisers, interesting course and lovely weather In full: My first marathon and I really enjoyed it. I'm not sure what happened to my legs from mile 19 to 24 but I'm not going to blame the hills. Hard work staggering PAST so many pubs! Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Needs water earlier than 4.5 miles In full: Most of my views have already been said but in summary:
1) A fantastic atmosphere. The crowds line the entire course and apart from a few annoying kids they really pull you along. 2) Water WAS available at the start, some way back near the baggage buses. However, I really think that water should have been available again before 4.5 miles, especially on such a hot day. If you could drink vaseline there'd be no problem as it was everywhere! Despite the organisers assertions that water didn't run out, I witnessed one station where discarded bottles were being manually refilled by marshals. 3) Something needs to be done about the walkers starting too near to the front. As a rather slow runner myself, I started at the back of the field but even I soon came upon people strolling along very near to the start line. It wouldn't be so bad if they showed some awareness/consideration but many of them walked side-by-side several abreast. The suggestion of a walker's lane at the side of the road is an excellent suggestion but things would work much better if slower competitors just used a bit of consideration and started from the back of the field. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: A challenging run in hilly countryside In full: The added interest of the Tour with 5 races in 6 Days made this a daunting challenge, however by starting slowly and enjoying each race the whole experience was fantastic. Excellent goody bag, T shirt, Sweat Shirt, gloves, glass trophy and a spot prize Date of review: September 20, 2005
In short: Pleased to have finshed both 25th GNR & 25th London Marathon In full: I thought the GNR was a very well organised event and felt everything ran really smoothly. Only suggestion would be to provide salt tablets or Sports Drink on the way round as water not the best thing for hydration, especially on such a hot day. Crowd support was great towards the end when you really needed it. Support from other runners was also motivating. Agree with others about slow runners making their way to the front, which is not helpful for those who want to run and surely can't be motivating if you have to walk after a mile and have thousands of people running past you.
All in all, a good day out and worthwhile taking part to say you have done it. May do it again next year!
Like others, my thoughts go to the families of those who lost a loved one. Date of review: September 20, 2005