In short: very enjoyable hard course Brilliant t-shirt In full: Not really suitable for begineers as a first 10k but good fun nonetheless. those hills are hard but are good training. will do next year Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Great potential could so easily have been fulfilled. In full: I agree with others that the course was great but the organisation could have been better. Did not use enough of the stadium at the start and end. Needed more room at start (20 yards between sub 1.30 and 2.00hrs). Not obvious where to start. At the end the cramped area for picking up water, medals and goody bags was poor for such a large stadium.
On the positive side wasn't the course great (apart from grasscrete and cobbles), support fantastic and don't forget a nice T shirt! I will be back next year. Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: Organisation - How wrong can you get it In full: Excellent course, spoiled by woeful organisation 1. Extremely poor pre-race instructions 2. Reduced car parking at a car park that does not exist 3. Millenium stadium supposed to open at 6:30 actually opened at 7;30 4. Absolute chaos at finish line 5. Goody bags not ready, which turned into a free for all
In short, this is an event with enourmous potential, spoiled by absolutely the worst organisation possible Date of review: October 12, 2005
In short: fantastic race. well done to all concerned In full: The start is a bit narrow and congested. But once clear its great, great support,water stations, marshalls, atmosfear, goody bag and tech t-shirt. Thanks. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: 1st 1/2 marathon & 1st GNR - bit or a mare though In full: My first GNR and 1/2 marathon, trained for over a year for it and found it much tougher than I thought. Great atmosphere and great organisation, but some points that I found: 1. I guessed that I walked 3-4 miles to get to the start line, parking South of South Shields and taking the tube (as recommended to me). Spending 30 mins on a packed train and then another hour or so literally packed like sardines waiting for the start wasn't ideal preparation for the race and I didn't get to do any stretching ! Not good. 2. Usual comment about walkers at the start - having just done the Great South Run, why didn't they have multiple wave starts for the GNR like they did in Portsmouth. Worked a treat there. 3. There were just too many people on the run. I reckoned afterwards that I must have worn myself out running around people and not running at my usual pace, or any consistent pace actually, despite a Garmin Forerunner to help me ! There was bairly an occasion when I was able to run unimpeded. 4. Water stations were great and plentiful - I don't think that the organisers could have accounted for the heat though, and I suffered badly over the last 4 miles despite drinking plenty and pouring water over my head every few hundred metres. 5. Re the heat, why does the race start so late - everyone is there ateast an hour in advance, I feel unnecessarily, and everyone except the elite runners were made to run through the hottest part of the day - a 9.30 start would make more sense ? 6. The last 2 miles, when so many were clearly in trouble, put a real downer on the event for me.
Lessons learnt: Don't do the GNR if you want a good time, or even a normal "training run" time. Use the buses to take you straight to the start without walking and don't get in the starting lanes until the race has already started - just climb over the fence near the start line somewhere. Drink lots and have a good time for the atmosphere, not to race.
Many sympathies to the families of those that lost their lives. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: Tough but fun - Make sure you do some bike training In full: Good fun duathlon wiith the option to get muddly. The hill on the run is a killer especially on the second lap. The cycle decent down the ridgeway can catch you out, quite a few crashes. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: Excellent Race In full: 1) Nice touch with the portable shower unit 2) Excellent Drinking Stations 3) Brilliant Changing area in The pyramid leisure Centre 4) Nice Weather too 5) I even did a personal best 1hr.15m.05s thou i was not looking for one. 6) good wave send off's too 7) many thanks to all who supported us throughout the race which included the Police, Medical Services, and Organisers 8) I will be back next Year Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: First time doing anything like this - exilirating, makes you dig very deep for reserves you never new you had!!! Great for a challenge!! Will be back next year. In full: Exiliarating but scary downhills - tough uphills. Incomparable to anything else. Will do it agian next year to try and beat time - can't compare PB to anything else. Contitions wet and muddy and slippery but all added to the challenge. It would have been good to have distance markers on the signs as then would know how much more to give - only critisism as the marshalls were great - the clapping and words of encouragment really helped me - thank you. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: My first half-marathon. Great atmosphere, pity about the start line traffic jam. In full: Everyone warned me about the slog up the Portway - I don't know what they were talking about as it was definately my favourite part having lost the traffic jam at the start. I was held up at the beginning by those obviously starting in the wrong place for their fitness level. Otherwise I had a great day. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: Fantastic race! In full: Weather couldn't have been better and the atmosphere was terrific with bands playing and crowds continuously cheering participants on. Wonderfully flat route - good for personal best. Well organised and a great goodie bag at end. Brilliant from start to finish. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: First time runner and was impressed. The weather was fantastic and made for a very quick race (1hr 11 mins 13 secs) In full: I thought the wave system was a great success and the start was not very congested! I agree with people's comments re the mile markers....I missed about half! Only sour note was being issued a parking ticket at one of the "free, closed to runners" car parks, apparently shoppers were parking there so they started to issue tickets to everyone. Anyway hopefully the appeal is successful!
Definately be back next year! Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: Great course, shame about the organisation In full: For a first timer like me, the organisation could not have been more woeful. I never received a pack and the vague website info was no help. It's only down to the charity I ran for (Macmillan, who were quite superb) that I had even the faintest clue where to turn up to. Agree with others about post-race shambles. Had the potential for putting me off ever doing a race again - luckily the course was a good one and the support ditto. Date of review: October 11, 2005