In short: Very Hot, Very Busy, Great Atmosphere! In full: Usual in terms of the numbers - with chips why not stagger the start according to pace? Very Hot conditions which made it uncomfortable, but plenty of water (for me who crossed the start in first 10 minutes) Atmosphere seemed better than last year - the good weatehr must have helped. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: A fantastic experience that is more a celebration than a race. In full: I think the race is more of a celebration for people who are able to do it and do so much good for others by doing it. People complain about the crowds and walkers each year. get there early or find a smaller race, this on is about the experience not the time. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere, crowds, red arrows etc. In full: Locals were great, very generous with water, lollies etc. Annoying kids on the route however. Goody bag excellent. No chance to sprint at end..too crowded. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: too busy In full: not for the serious runner. more for wlakers!! don't call it the Great North RUN. not a run more a walk. too many walkers at the front who are they kidding. My 84 yr old mum could walk faster. Meant many of us spent too much time in the sun comtributing to heat problems. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Just what i expected for my first ever race In full: Having read all that was available and given advice from previouse runners, the day was great, knackering and hectic !! Like many others though, i had respectfully started in the timed area i thought would be true to my standard (1:45 - 2hr mark), and was quite shocked to spend the major part of the race dodging walkers, slow joggers etc. However this did not stop me having a top time and finishing in 1hr 54 Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: I had heard great things, and apart from the killer of a hill around mile 19 (which i severely underestimated) it was brilliant! In full: Running a marathon on your 21st birthday isn't something most people would immediately think to do, but i'm extremely glad that i stuck to my guns and saw it through (despite my two friends dropping out). Having not done much training and having never raced before I didn't really know what to expect at all.
The information given was accurate and useful, and although it was a longer than expected walk from the car park to the race start it gave a good chance to stretch out the muscles and start to warm up. Toilets were provided in ample numbers and i never queued more than 3 minutes for the use of them.
The start was a bit of an anti-climax for me personally, but there was little time to think about it. Throughout the course we were supported well locally and the police presence was reassuring and efficient. I'm glad i didn't look too closely at the course profile before i started or i might have realised how much of a killer hill there was at mile 18! Needless to say by mile 25 I was walking, but as i rounded mile 26, my spirits lifted and managed a sprint finish to crowds of people far greater than i imagined would have been there.
Excellent facilities, excellent people and an excellent setting made for a 21st birthday i will never forget. My next race will be flatter and shorter though! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: GREAT GREAT NORTH RUN!! In full: MY FIRST 1/2 MARATHON AND FIRST BIG EVENT. FELT THAT I WAS A PART OF SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL, A DAY I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER. YES YOU HAD TO DODGE PEOPLE AND NO THERE WASN'T MUCH ROOM BUT ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT WITH 47000 OTHER RUNNERS? I FEEL VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN PART OF SUCH A GREAT SPORTING EVENT AND LUCKY THAT MY ONLY PROBLEM WAS A BIT OF STITCH. THE ONLY REASON I WOULDN'T DO IT AGAIN IS BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT COULD BE AS SPECIAL AGAIN. BIG THANKYOU TO MY FREIND CANDY WHO HELPED ME THROUGH THE TOUGH PARTS AS USUAL AND TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO MY ASSISTANCE WHEN I DID A VERY ELEGANT FALL AT ABOUT 6 MILES!! GREAT DAY! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Brilliant support, Lovely day (weather a bit too lovely)! In full: Like many others, I was slightly annoyed at the amount of people who started from the front with no chance of getting the predicted time. So I ran sideways and diagonally more than forwards for the first two miles! The goodie bag was nice, although as a vegetarian it was heartbraking to see a Pepperami in there (once a favourite of mine pre-veggie). The heat surprised me a bit, so I didn't quite reach my target time, but the crowds were fantastic, with people giving out food and drinks (I even saw a beer station at one point)! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Scenic, well organised and with a flipping steep hill !! In full: A well organised little race over a scenic course, half on-road and half across paths and fields. Despite the unbelievably steep hill after 5k it seems to be quite a fast course and I was only 30 seconds off my PB.
The Marlow 5 is the only other 5 mile race I've done and this one beats the pants off it. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: varied terrain - the countryside stretch was a welcome break from the car-dodging! In full: Perfect weather for it. Great mixed bag - countryside, parkland and roads. The only real gripe is the busy roads - at times you felt you were taking your life in your hands to overtake. Aside from that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Stunning scenery, great race. In full: Great race. Stunning scenery and great course. Challenging hills but not extreme. Very friendly. Hope to return year after year. Date of review: September 19, 2005