In short: Good run, Lovely scenery, Good Company. In full: Had a real fun day out despite getting a little bit lost. The whole day was good with added extra's like HOT showers,free refreshments,well stocked feeding stations and personal certificates. A big thank you to the organisers, put me down for next years race. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: It was worth it!! But where were the loos?? In full: I woke up with the beginnings of a cold and so was not expecting much for my first time. I didn't do the warm up and neither did anyone around me in the 10 min mile one, that was disappointing but we were crammed in so tight that losing our place was not an option. The atmosphere was amazing, there could have been more water stations early on and whilst all the guys were relieving themselves in the bushes, the ladies had to wait for one of the scarce toilets, not on guys"" Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Great for a fun run In full: Great race but purely for enjoyment - serious running not possible with so many people and to many people to overtake who started in the wrong place - people walking 400 yards from the start!!!! But well organised and an atmosphere real buz Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Sunburn in Newcastle?In September? Very hot and very crowded! In full: My first half marathon and a reasonable course and a nice finish.The start was poor, even though I am a bloke there was not enough toilets for the ladies and these were poorly signposted if you were near the front. Should have been more organisation at the start, I was between 8 and 9 minute mile markers but there were people climbing over the barriers who could hardly climb over never mind last the pace! The people along the course were good and a BIG THANK YOU to the little girl who gave me an ice pop around mile 8/9-you are a star!
In short: This race has such a great atmosphere. Everyone was cheering us along, and the fly past by the Red Arrows was amazing. It was a hot day, and this did affect my time. Also the first drinks station should have been a bit sooner. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Excellent race - challenging -but pb potential if hills are your thing In full: Second marathon after London and loved every minute - beautifull countryside - excellent organisation and marshalling - lots of water and sponge stops which were great. No paticular hill was overly cahllenging but the stress seemed to accumulate in your legs towards the end of the 26.2 - lots of ups and downs- took a massive 17.5 minutes off my London PB and got my GFA so a pb is definetly doable ! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Superb atmosphere and organisation made it a day to remember In full: My first half marathon (age 54 years.) The atmosphere was excellent and the organisation was superb. The hot weather was a surprise and made the run even more demanding. My thoughts are with the families of the four runners who sadly died.
In short: Never mind the sore legs - my sun burn is killing me!! In full: My 2nd year of doing this race - think the novelty and excitement got me round last year . Struggled this year due to the heat (hence sunburn!) and I certainly don't remember all those hills!! Support from the locals great again. First aiders must have had their work cut out but more marshalls to notify of injury/ illness would be useful! No water at start was disappointing. I managed to get water at all stations on the race but know people further back who had none at 9 miles! Good race for beginners as the fantastic atmosphere makes up for all the other problems! Red Arrows got me down the home straight too! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: hard but well worth it In full: My first marathon - I knew it was going to be undulating as I live in the New Forest, but I found all the lumps add up and it caught up with me towards the latter stages. Extremely well organised, scenery superb and fantastic support dotted all around the course. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: A good day out where it's more about having a bit of fun. A good run to start off completing halfs, and my first anniversary! In full: Went on the right side this year at the begining as I went on the left last year. I think we started alot earlier than the comparable place on the other side. It amazes me how quick the first 4 miles go, what with all the changes in scenery. Not as hot as the Blackpool Half earlier in the year so I found it just a nice temperature. One thing I really love is the fact that there are all the walkers and slow coaches as I feel such a power house of a runner. When I do quiet runs I have to work like a fool to overtake people, but I was doing it for fun on Sunday. Such a confidence boost. I am also always impressed by the good nature of people, especially in the last couple of miles. Bringing out their hoses, food and especially when people were injured on the floor, crowds helping to direct the flow of runners! Such a positive testament to the good nature of strangers. Not a PB course but I suppose they don't all need to be. All those runners who get upset at this one being slow, go to the smaller runs (Leeds and Sheffield were excellent affairs this year). Date of review: September 19, 2005