In short: Well worth the effort! In full: First time ever running a trail and now am a converted road runner. Enjoyed the challenge of scampering over rocks, near cliffs, scattered slate, bogs, stiles,and avoiding colliding with ramblers. The scenery was unimaginable and worth every sore muscle. Well organized and looking foward to April. Date of review: September 20, 2005
In short: The must do half Marathon. In full: Biggest gripe official pace setters at 2hrs & 1hrs 45mins standing at the 1hr 5mins marker.With the number of people following them causing a major obstruction right at the front of the start. Still a special event. Will attempt to do it again with no pretentions of a PB.
In short: Why did nobody tell me that ther were so many hills? In full: Loved it, maiden voyage to the GNR. Was buzzing at the start with the singing and "the Ashes". Was v. surprised by the weather and the profile of the course, at every corner it seemed the runners infront were running up hill. Felt anxious at the amount of casualites at the roadside throughout the race. For us poor plodders (who still managed to run the whole course) there was no water left at the 8 mile station - v. poor organisation. Had it not been for the kids spectating who picked up half full bottles and dished them out, there might have been more of us in serious trouble. But, thank God, me and mine all made it home safe and well, with slow times, but a wonderful experience. Am wrecked today. Thoughts to the families of those who died x Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: At the time and especially after 9 miles didn't think so, but looking back would say i did have a good time and was very enjoyable In full: Was a very long day as was at the start for 8, bags on bus for 9 and waiting for nearly 2 hours to start. But there's no option with 50,000 people. Organisation for so many people was superb and thanks to everyone who was there helping with everything. Said straight away that wouldn't do it again, but am now looking forward to next year when I might enjoy it a bit more. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Grown too big? In full: The water stations need to be earlier. The first seemed to be around 5 miles. On a hot day this was too late. I think the procong is getting steep and the numbers too many. The atmosphere is great but don't expect a PB Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: The people of Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields make this race ! In full: Considering the size of the entry I think it was probably as well organised as it could be. In my opinion this event is not for the serious runner looking for a PB as there are far to many people in general and far to many slow runners towards the front in particular. It is the support from the locals that makes this race a memorable experience. Initially I was a little disappointed with my time of 1:34:26 but when considering the heat and the fact that 4 poor souls collapsed and died, it does put things into perspective. If I come back next year I will forget about times and just accept the event for what it is, a huge charity fundrasing event and there's nothing wrong with that. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Very well organised. Great atmosphere. Pb for me. In full: Small and very well organised event. Nice course, gentle but longish hills. A pb for me in the 10K so very pleased. I'll definitely enter again next year, all being well. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Having done the San Diego half marathon 5 weeks ago, the organisation of this race for the number of runners was dreadful. The water and shower stations should have been much earlier and more frequent. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Glad to be part of, shocked by the heat wave. In full: A very special race to be part of. My training hadn't quite prepared me for the heat and I ended up 12 min/miling after 9 miles. Very distressed by people collapsing around me and passing paramedics. My thoughts go out the families of the four runners, if I hadn't slowed the pace as well I could have easily been in a similar situation. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: good atmosphere, fun race, good support from locals In full: too many people who intended to walk started near the front, overtaking walkers 400m from start line. took 30mins to cross start which could have been better organised. good day out but does it really have to get bigger every year? thanks to all the locals for their support,its what makes the run what it is. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: This is my third and last one. In full: This is a great first half marathon but is a nightmare for anyone who wishes to run as there are too many walkers (several abreast blocking the route) to pass - the organisers need to think about a better start system! Agree with the comments about water - needed to be a water stop much earlier on a day like yesteday.
But the people of Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside are brilliant Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Got to be done once. In full: First time in the GNR. Probably a race to encourage the first timer as there is plenty of support all the way round form buth spectators and participants. Unfortunately it seems set on being the biggest with more entrants every year and so suffers because of it. First Water stop after 5 miles presumable to allow participants to space out, over crowded start with people being penned in for the best part of an hour before the official start time and then eighteen minutes before putting one foot in front of another, and the number of runners of varying abilities meant it was more like an obstacle course. Date of review: September 19, 2005