In short: This race has such a great atmosphere. Everyone was cheering us along, and the fly past by the Red Arrows was amazing. It was a hot day, and this did affect my time. Also the first drinks station should have been a bit sooner. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Excellent race - challenging -but pb potential if hills are your thing In full: Second marathon after London and loved every minute - beautifull countryside - excellent organisation and marshalling - lots of water and sponge stops which were great. No paticular hill was overly cahllenging but the stress seemed to accumulate in your legs towards the end of the 26.2 - lots of ups and downs- took a massive 17.5 minutes off my London PB and got my GFA so a pb is definetly doable ! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Superb atmosphere and organisation made it a day to remember In full: My first half marathon (age 54 years.) The atmosphere was excellent and the organisation was superb. The hot weather was a surprise and made the run even more demanding. My thoughts are with the families of the four runners who sadly died.
In short: Never mind the sore legs - my sun burn is killing me!! In full: My 2nd year of doing this race - think the novelty and excitement got me round last year . Struggled this year due to the heat (hence sunburn!) and I certainly don't remember all those hills!! Support from the locals great again. First aiders must have had their work cut out but more marshalls to notify of injury/ illness would be useful! No water at start was disappointing. I managed to get water at all stations on the race but know people further back who had none at 9 miles! Good race for beginners as the fantastic atmosphere makes up for all the other problems! Red Arrows got me down the home straight too! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: hard but well worth it In full: My first marathon - I knew it was going to be undulating as I live in the New Forest, but I found all the lumps add up and it caught up with me towards the latter stages. Extremely well organised, scenery superb and fantastic support dotted all around the course. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: A good day out where it's more about having a bit of fun. A good run to start off completing halfs, and my first anniversary! In full: Went on the right side this year at the begining as I went on the left last year. I think we started alot earlier than the comparable place on the other side. It amazes me how quick the first 4 miles go, what with all the changes in scenery. Not as hot as the Blackpool Half earlier in the year so I found it just a nice temperature. One thing I really love is the fact that there are all the walkers and slow coaches as I feel such a power house of a runner. When I do quiet runs I have to work like a fool to overtake people, but I was doing it for fun on Sunday. Such a confidence boost. I am also always impressed by the good nature of people, especially in the last couple of miles. Bringing out their hoses, food and especially when people were injured on the floor, crowds helping to direct the flow of runners! Such a positive testament to the good nature of strangers. Not a PB course but I suppose they don't all need to be. All those runners who get upset at this one being slow, go to the smaller runs (Leeds and Sheffield were excellent affairs this year). Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: never ever again In full: transported to race at 7.30 and had to wait over 3 hours till start. got rid of kit at 9.30 then waited for an hour in my slot "1hr.30-1ha.45"- did not dare move for fear of losing my place amongst the other Sardines! Then when the race started, it took over 8 minutes to get over the start line only for me to have to stop at 1/2 mile because of all the fun runners walking---what on earth were so many people doing walking before the 1st mile? The situation was the same throughout the race and misery compounded by one runner collapsing and dying in front of me at 11 miles. 50,000 runners is far too may in this race because of the limited space at the start- 3 starts as per the london marathon would be far better.Shall never ever bother nor want to do this fiasco again Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Second Attempt, my slowest half ever, but most enjoyable In full: 8 year gap, and wish it hadn't been. The GNR is a very special race. Only 2 suggestions, water at 3 miles just in case of days like yesterday, and more water at 9, where the sports bottles had run out, and having to stop to drink a large bottle, meant I never restarted properly, without suffering cramp! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Hottest one of the 4 GNR's i've done - and very much my slowest. Still enjoyes the day all told. In full: Never walked a half before but struggled during the 2nd half of the race. Still enjoyed the day overall. For all the patronizing and aloof attitudes of so called 'runners' it is still a great mass participation event and one that raises both the profile of running and an enormous amount of money for some very worthwhile causes. Not a PB event for most though. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: great race with friendly people In full: Loved it - well organised, friendly people and a fairly flat route. But possibly the meanest goodie bag I've ever seen - a bottle of water and a BBC radio Nottingham sticker! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Marathon #1 for me - excellent organisation and local support made it memorable. Support from other runners was a great help especially between miles 21 and 25 - the hills after the big one at 19 were the real test for me. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Baggage buses!! What a joke!! In full: Why did the baggage buses HAVE to leave at 9.35 PROMPT!!I was there in plenty of time and had difficulty in finding a bus to put my bag on.There must have been hundreds of people left to carry there bags for the whole race!! They must sort out what they can do with the walkers too.Spent most of my time dodging them.And the heat!! middle of September and the north east was in a heatwave.My sympathies go out to the families of the runners how died. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere & good crowds, but org at start disappointing In full: My 2nd GNR so prepared for the masses and the walkers. No water at the start unless you were near the water lorry at the back and wanted a 25 min wait to get across the line! 4 1/2 miles to the first feed station was too far, however well hydrated you were at the start.
Still a good day though and would def. do again, expecially if they introdcue a better way of organising the 'fun-walkers' at the start. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Brilliant again. Weather very hot, crowds very good. Be back again next year In full: What a brilliant day again, third time at this event and it always never fails to deliver. Sun beating down proved a big suprise and I don't think any of us expected that, I got a top of the range t-shirt tan! Thanks to the kids spraying water in South Shields it gave welcome relief from the heat. Would be a help if some kind of "crawler lane" could be facilitated for those needing to walk or have a break. I know with 50000 runners it isn't a place for a PB but having to dodge so many was very hard. Red arrows brilliant again and I could not believe the size of THAT FLAG hanging off the helicopter!! WOW! good advertising! Nice medal and t-shirt as usual. Really shocked about the four deaths this year.Could not believe my ears when I listened to the news this morning.My thoughts and prayers are with the family's of those who sadly died. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Scenic place to run In full: apart from the hill after 1 mile the rest of the course if pretty flat. mind you the hill does go on a bit and when you hit it the third time you do feel it. Date of review: September 19, 2005