In short: 1st time runner had surprised myself In full: swimmer not a runner, got a chance to run due to somebody dropping out 3 days before the race, thoughts are with the family of the ones who lost their lives. Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Such a big event that I am glad that I ran it In full: I was lucky enough to be allowed to start at the front, so I didn't have the problems with crowds that others had and ran a respectable 1:24. Atmosphere and Red Arrows were great, but it is so expensive and so much effort getting to the start an hour early, and getting home from South Shields that I'll leave it a few years before returning. The London Marathon is a superior event in every way. Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Too darn hot! In full: Apart from the weather everything was fantastic. Yes there were walkers but I'd rather have seen a lot more walkers than a lot more people getting medical assistance (very upsetting). On the day the conditions were pretty hard for some people and I think took quite a few by surprise. It was my first time at the GNR (1st 1/2 in fact) and I was surprised by the continual upward and downward slopes and distinct lack of any nice flat stretches. I was lucky enough not to get nudged or jostled or if I did I didn't notice, worst thing for me was dodging the empty water bottles both on the ground and being hurled through the air to the sides of the road! Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Excellent course and a fine first attempt In full: Could only be improved with more water and less queuing at registration. Otherwise a great day, beats a road race. The legs recovered from the hills after a day or two! Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Excellent Atmosphere. In full: My first half marathon and i can say that it has definately encouraged me to continue with the longer distances.
The only thing that buggs me about the race is some of the reviews on here.....It's for Charity!! people of all abilities are out there to raise money for people who can't run it for themselves and people are inconsiderate enough to complain that they were walking! If you want to try and do a PB then make sure you qualify for the elite athlete entry or at lease get to the fron and give some of these people the encouragement they deserve.
Overall a brilliant day, the spectators were amazing, setting up their own water and shower stations and handing out sweets and ice-pops on route.
In short: Some of the best countryside in Leicestershire and the spot prizes must be the best in the whole country. First class field and getting ever popular In full: every finishers number included in draw for week end away for two in five star hotels in London, Paris and Stapleford Park Hotel. Childrens races beforehand are a nice attraction to involve the whole family and the toilet/showers were 'gold plated'. Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: crowds are great In full: the GNR has been going for 25 years, but it really could learn a lot in terms of Orginisation for the London Marathon. You have to be there very early to get to the baggage buses , when you get to the end the buses are order. South shields is nightmare to get away from 1 hour wait for the metro back to Newcastle. The £34 entry fee is very high compared with £26 for london and it now all down to a ballot to get in. And Brendon Foster calls it the people's race,sorry but its now the Charities race (20,000) places at £350 to raise in sponsenship Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Cold damp start, tough terrain for a charity race In full: Agree with other comments. Spent too long hanging around getting very cold before the race started. Not enough toilets, 10 for >700 people, just as well they didn't get the expected 1500! This was a tough x-country course for a charity race. Felt more like a winter x-country race. Clock at finish shaved 30secs off my time! Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: challenging XC course, well marshelled, and friendly In full: must be one of the best 10m XC races in the country, and free beer at the finish very well deserved Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: More of a fell race than a half marathon. In full: I did the half and thought the organisation could have been better as the route was not always clearly marked and there were only 2 drink stations serving only water. Overall the race was good value but no permanent memento such as a t-shirt was offered and the half marathoners didnt even get a certificate! Amazing scenery as it was a clear day but the terrain had everything including bogs, steps and part of it was along what looked like a small stream!! Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Great event,did a pb time,took 12 mins off last years,so really enjoyed it..heat? what heat..never bothered me. In full: first of all,who said the great north was a FUN RUN? it may be fun for 40,000+ runners/walkers but for people like me it's deadly serious.i went there to set a pb,and did just that...each to their own,as long as people recognise that they have time bands at the start for a reason....there is no advantage to be gained by a 4hr runner starting at the front,apart from maybe getting noticed on tv. in saying that though i did only have 390 runners in front of me. as always,this was a very well organised race. Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Excellent fun - remember it is a FUN RUN not a serious run ! In full: I can't beleive everyone complaining about the walkers - granted they should have more consideration and start at the back but with 50,000 plus people what do you expect ? The one gripe I have are the inconsiderate folk who just push you out of their way to get by you or just stand on you ! I was so fed up with this I elbowed anyone trying to push me out of the way after a few miles !
This race is for people to take part in not to get all serious about !
The Red Arrows were fab - we were going over the bridge as they turned up ! EXCELLENT
I thought the water stations were fine and at just the right places.
I do believe that something should be done to facilitate the flow of people at the start - maybe set off a thousand runners every couple of minutes or something ?
I recently completed the Great Scottish Run with 20,000+ people and that went through parks with one pavement and noone was pushing you out of the way there etc.
Although, the billing for this year was the best ever due to the 25th Aniversary the only difference to others I have completed (my 5th one) were the number of ambulances and amount of people fainting. There were no special momentos or anything which as a shame !
In short: Sun, Sea & Fruit Allsorts... In full: Felt like my husband and I were on the M6 dodging big bulky trucks plodding (walking) in every lane... other than that the race had fantastic weather, great atmosphere and of course the Red Arrows. Usual complaints about walkers at the front clogging up the race apply to this review. Became Fruit Allsort addicts at the end thanks to the freebies being dished out. Fantastic event, would do it again and almost certainly will. Will remember next year to find a way to avoid the Metro at South Shields afterwards! Date of review: September 22, 2005