In short: More an experience than a race In full: This was first half marathon at the tender age of 50. Didn't really do as much training as I would have liked due to long standing achilles problems(age thing I guess!), so I was really worried when I drove into South Shields the day before and realised there were a lot of steady long inclines. Hills and heavy legs at 11 miles rather than heat really effected my time (2 hrs 8 mins). What it has done has inspired me to do more running and enter other much smaller races. I was sploit on this run because my Mum & Dads house is 50 yards away from the end at Shields....close enough to stagger to at the end! Overall enjoyed it, but would share all the comments about walkers, the start etc. See you next year Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: Fantastic race! All you could ask for trails, mud, ponds and hellish sand. In full: A good race well organised, the course is challenging but not too tough for the beginners, A nice change to the usual road race. A great goody bag with t-shirt DVD and washing powder! Showers were hot and vwey welcome (if a liitle communal)I have recommended this race to others for next year! Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: Fantastic fun, some wading and clambering rather than running at times! In full: A cross country race with a few nice (in hindsight!) twists. Would recommend it to anyone who thinks running is boring. Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: Brilliant! In full: My first marathon, loved every minute of it & I'll be back. Excellent organisation. Challenging weather. Wonderful scenery. Mars bars on the drinks stations from 15 miles. Mad final descent into Llanberis! Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: Great setting, more facilities would be nice, the cattle grids you have to run over are scary!! In full: Nice crowd, nice setting, three toilets for nearly 500 people meant that there was a distinct lack of facilities.
Still a nice race, even for starters! Date of review: November 2, 2005
In short: Brilliant. Just awesomely achingly brilliant. In full: The weather at the start was atrocious, yet the resigned-but-happy camaraderie in the crowd of runners before the starting gun (um, a soggy air horn actually) more than made up for that. The friendliness and encouragement from total strangers continued all the way round the course -- both from runners and from spectators and from marshals too. The race organisers and marshals do a simply fantastic job, but for me it's the scenery that's made this day the high-point of my running year both times I've done it. Well, that, and the challenge of the final hill (on the way up *and* the descent into LLanberis too). Oh, and the mixture of relief and achievement and sheer pleasure on the runners' faces in the tea-and-biscuits tent afterwards. Such a great course and atmosphere that (having now done it a mere twice) I want to do it every year forever until I die. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Uplifting event after Cardiff In full: Nice course, well organised, helpful marshalls. Had to laugh at the kids on the route asking if we had seen number 118! Medal from the Mayor. Tidy. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Although not steep the undulations get to you In full: Not my best race performance! but I enjoyed the last mile running hell for leather towards the M25 is a strange experience. I was niggled that by the time I finished there were no bananas & my hubby had quite a few more things in his goody bag. Why do us slow uns always get the raw deal? Well signposted & marshalled, thanks to the policeman who stopped the traffic for me & the St Johns ambulance who were doing a good job. I will be back next year Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Second half Marathon for me and my two running buddies, Bry & Brad. Wet and more undulating than expected but all improved our times !!! In full: Bryan, Brad and I have been runnig for about four months and the worksop was our second half marathon. We chose this one based on the ratings from previous races on the runners world site and were thinking it was a fairly flat course ?!! Not sure if it was just us novices but we found it a lot more up and doen than we expected. The run seemed pretty tough to us, perhaps the rain didn't help. Despite the conditions we managed to knock 13,7 and 8 minutes off our previous best times so we are all 'well chuffed' even if we are a little sore !!!! Achieved times of 1:51, 1:51 & 1:55 - pretty pleased with this for our second race...Really enjoyed the day. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Still the best race for atmosphere In full: This is my 3rd time at the GNR, and certainly my most enjoyable. Crowds were great all the way along the route and kept me going. Like everyone else I think the start should be made more organised (possibly using a wave start?). Fortunately I got a good spot in the start line - the only way is to line-up early as in 9am otherwise you will get stuck behind the fun runners/walkers. Was warm but I didn't find the heat oppresive.
Definately will be doing the GNR again. For all it's faults, it is a great race. Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Tougher than last year, still worth it though. In full: Disappointed with my own performance, 1.52, when at the 8 mile mark I was cruising having completed that part in 1.06. The hills, weather and especially myself were all to blame as the wheels surprisingly fell off from about the 9 mile mark. Not to worry, still had a great time. Thanks to all of the other runners, marshalls and organisers and a big thankyou to the spectators that braved the dreadful conditions to cheer the finishers home. Not too sure about the t-shirt this year though...I look like I've been tangoed!! Date of review: November 1, 2005
In short: Excellent race In full: Excellent organisation, nice course, nice medal, well woth the hours drive to and from, thank you very much to the marshalls too for their encouragement. Date of review: November 1, 2005