In short: As a beginner I was too frustrated at the amount of slower runners at the front that got in my way In full: I have never run til 4 months ago and what a chanllenge to start with. I met so many fantastic people on the way round and at the start. My quibble is the slow front runners and the general logistics of the race and return to Newcastle.
Oh and doesnt that last mile need remeasuring??!! Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: love or hate it? In full: The course is awful, too many people start in the wrong place, and getting back at the end is horrendous. The positives are it is well organised, there is a very nice medal, lots of money raised for charity and people who do not normally run run. Each year say never again but continue to do. As to whether I would if it was easier to get into, I don't know. Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: Slow starters held up too many. Difficult to get through at times In full: Pity about the walkers even at the start but they have entered so you have to accept it! They could ask walkers to walk on the left or something like that. Atmosphere was good, plenty of encouragement from spectators and runners. I enjoyed the day! Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: Too many slow people at the front, should have numbers with pens like FLM In full: A lack of organisation, So many people put themselves in pens for 2hrs or less that had no chance of doing 3hours or less, subsequently dodging through walkers/slow unners was the order of the day for all 13.1 miles.
No signs for water stations in advance of them, missed one.
Atmosphere? The crowd didn't give much to the atmosphere (apart from the last mile), but the runners were making the most of it and enjoying some banter.
Baggage Buses. No wonder people were having stuff stolen, anyone on each bus had opportunity to steal from other bags.
The organisers need to talk to the London Marathon organisers about how to run a big race.
Queues afterwards? Yes, nearly 2 hours to get on to the metro Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: Smashing course, undulating - yes, certainly tested my fitness In full: 10k over this course pushes me far enough. The long uphill sections are hard work and it is annoying when the downhill bits are short and sharp. A favourite run it has to be as its only a short walk from home. Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: Gem of a race through some superb countryside. Undulating rtaher than hilly, although the final kilometer is a bit of a grind before a flatish finish. Best race of the year as far as I am concerned. Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: A run you have to experience at least once. Good fun. In full: Well organised as usual, the spectators and mass of runners make the day but I wish runners would at least try and begin the race somewhere near they estimated mile times. I am very slow these days but was plodding past people from the beginning to end. Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: Great atmosphere and experience - just don't hope to get home quickly and make sure you enjoy queing! In full: It was my 2nd year and I really enjoyed it (may even be back for a 3rd!), but: * why do the small T-shirts always run out before I get to the finish? (Admittedly I am slow but I did request a small on my entry form) * Could be a good idea to have water with 'sports' tops rather than lids as they become a trip hazard after 30,000+ people before you have dropped them on the floor! * where were the Entermanns cakes @ the end - gutted!? * shame there wasnt a water bottle or something similarly useful in the bag this year instead of a bag of sugar! Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: 1st half marathon and a definite convert. I'll be signing up again for next year In full: For a novice to running half marathons the organisation and atmosphere were first class. At the start the walkers at the front held fellow participants up unnecessarily. A bit of consideration for others would have been nice. Thanks to the Diabetes UK volunteers, the post race massage meant I could walk again Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: Fantastic, great atmosphere but need to sort out the carnage caused by walkers. In full: I am by no means a fast runner but I found my self held up a lot yesterday by walkers & v. slow runners. Why can't people be honest about their potential & start in the right paced groups? Would be better for all, besides it can't be much fun to be passed all the time. Date of review: September 27, 2004
In short: Apparent that most of the participants could not read as they had ignored the pace/mile markers at the start. Should be renamed Great North Fun Run/Walk. In full: Absolutely awful organisation of start.
Firstly I was deafened by the local DJ and secondly when we set off it soon became apparent that most of the participants could not read as they had ignored the pace/mile markers at the start.
My girlfriend and I never did more than Fartlek as a result before giving up around mile 8 and jogging with the rest... Date of review: September 27, 2004