In short: Got to be done once. In full: First time in the GNR. Probably a race to encourage the first timer as there is plenty of support all the way round form buth spectators and participants. Unfortunately it seems set on being the biggest with more entrants every year and so suffers because of it. First Water stop after 5 miles presumable to allow participants to space out, over crowded start with people being penned in for the best part of an hour before the official start time and then eighteen minutes before putting one foot in front of another, and the number of runners of varying abilities meant it was more like an obstacle course. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: This is a really good flat run and was very well organised. I achieved a PB. In full: Firstly I have to point out that the organisation was very good and the staff were very cheerful and helpful. The run itself is fast. I really enjoyed the whole thing, with the exception of the detor through the park near the end. No need for this, please move this to the beginning of the race. Perfect finish would be a run along the seafront. That aside, I will deffinately be doing this agin next year. Only my second 10km and finished in the top 5th of runners. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation, could have flattened the hills though! In full: This was my first marathon and I feel like it will be one of the toughest I ever do. I remember going UP plenty of hills but not down any!
I had a bad day and was a lot slower than the time I secretly wanted, but that shouldn't take anything away from what is an excellently ran event.
I will definitely be back sometime to make amends! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: The fantastic Great North Run an honour to compete. In full: Fantastic race although could have done with more water due to conditions. Thanx to the public who squirted runners with hose pipes and water gave out ice pops,biscuits,oranges and sweets I couldn't have finished without you. Hope the guy called "Jonathon" who collapsed at 12 mile mark taken to hospital by the red cross made it home safely. Well done to all the medics who gave up their time free of charge such a big race couldn't happen without your time and help. Congratulations Great North Run I look forward to watching you on t.v. next year!NOT!! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Good run, Lovely scenery, Good Company. In full: Had a real fun day out despite getting a little bit lost. The whole day was good with added extra's like HOT showers,free refreshments,well stocked feeding stations and personal certificates. A big thank you to the organisers, put me down for next years race. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: It was worth it!! But where were the loos?? In full: I woke up with the beginnings of a cold and so was not expecting much for my first time. I didn't do the warm up and neither did anyone around me in the 10 min mile one, that was disappointing but we were crammed in so tight that losing our place was not an option. The atmosphere was amazing, there could have been more water stations early on and whilst all the guys were relieving themselves in the bushes, the ladies had to wait for one of the scarce toilets, not on guys"" Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Great for a fun run In full: Great race but purely for enjoyment - serious running not possible with so many people and to many people to overtake who started in the wrong place - people walking 400 yards from the start!!!! But well organised and an atmosphere real buz Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Sunburn in Newcastle?In September? Very hot and very crowded! In full: My first half marathon and a reasonable course and a nice finish.The start was poor, even though I am a bloke there was not enough toilets for the ladies and these were poorly signposted if you were near the front. Should have been more organisation at the start, I was between 8 and 9 minute mile markers but there were people climbing over the barriers who could hardly climb over never mind last the pace! The people along the course were good and a BIG THANK YOU to the little girl who gave me an ice pop around mile 8/9-you are a star!
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.