In short: Very well organised, malt loaf and bananas afterwards, perfect. In full: Very hot, long sapping climbs in places. Excellent organization with loads of water. Good crowds along the route. Better t shirt than most. For a first time event difficult to fault. Late start only complaint I can come up with. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: A brilliant race considering it was its debut, hard work but rewarding In full: Well done to the organisers, very slick! This was a great event and well worth entering. There was a great atmosphere at the start area and on much of the route. The inclines were tough going. Regular water stations, sporadic mile markers, nice goody bag and medal. Would definately run this if they do it next year. Shame I got a PW! Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Quick multi terrain race without any major hills. In full: Very well organised multi terrain race with a good mix of runners. Course is fairly flat with some road sections and a number of stiles to negotiate. Markers every mile, water station and official timing available on the day. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: Hilly cross country race in glorious location. In full: A good race but dont expect a personal best the hills will see to that! Fairly well organised with a high entry fee - however it is for Charitee mate so no complaints there. Very friendly and a nice organised fun warm up. No official timing. Definitely worthwhile. Date of review: September 25, 2005
In short: A slog through tough countryside - don't be fooled by the track runner foto on the brochure! In full: The 2004 race was dogged by bad weather, but it was always going to be a battle against the elements with this race. If you're out for a PB or even just a solid road race, this is definitely NOT the run for you: It's hilly, full of stiles, and very muddy if it's been raining. If getting down and dirty off the road is your sort of thing, then this give Clarendon a go. Date of review: September 24, 2005
In short: My first trail race, and loved it, hope to do all four next year pending work commitments etc, very well done to the organisers. In full: A steep pull up part Low Water, but as I enjoy hills that wasnt a problem (still hurt though!) but might be worth mentioning in pre-race info for first-timers. Also would be useful for the different events for participants to have race numbers in different colours (i.e. black for trail race, red for challenge, green for nordic etc... ) - would make it easier for spectators. Date of review: September 24, 2005
In short: sunny,woody,hilly & hard In full: a bit of everything, open tracks, undulating woodland, steep descents and a couple of hard hills, especially before mile 7 marker. Date of review: September 24, 2005
In short: 1st GNR & 1st 1/2 marathon In full: What a day. Fantastic atmosphere. Crowd support excellent. People very friendly (giving out chocs & water). Only gripe was the toilet facilities on route were in-adequate (not enough). Apart from that a brilliant day. Will hopefully be back again next year. Date of review: September 24, 2005
In short: A Great Day Out In full: This was my 5th GNR and I had trained specially for it whilst undertaking a 6 month tour with the MOD in Iraq. My training had gone great and on returning home I developed a stress fracture in my left foot. Being a stubborn old git I still decided to run. Prior to the injury I would have smashed 90 minutes. Sadly the pain from 8 miles was tough so I had to grit my teeth and finished in 1 hour, 37 minutes.
I had a good start because I was in the Leukaemia Research Pacing Team thanks to Running Fitness Magazine. I was able to cross the start line under 10 seconds but I still came across walkers in my start pen! I don't know why the big races in UK can't adopt the same policy in the US where an official checks all the numbers before allowing you access to the correct pen.
Yes, a lot of the criticism from other reviewers is fair but they get the same comments every year. With 50 thousand runners it is always going to be an organisers nightmare.
Just enjoy the day being part of one amazing race.
The best bit for me was finding my wife at the finish and waching the Red Arrows at the seaside at South Shields. The massage back in the hotel was dam good too but I had better not mention that here!
Finally, I also was very sorry to hear about the deaths and from what I've read the 4 guys seemed fit and good runners. My thoughts are with their families.
Bring on the Great South Run in a fortnight. Date of review: September 24, 2005
In short: Could do with "tweeking" in a few areas In full: The pasta party was expensive for what you got. The start really does need sorting out as does the amount of runners in a confined space. apart from that,back next year. Date of review: September 24, 2005