In short: Better weather for watching than running In full: I really enjoyed the Great North Run as an experience. The site of 50,000 people at the start is amazing. If I was doing the race again I'd get there earlier and push in closer to the front. As a sub-1:20 runner who stood next to the sub-1:05 marker I was surprised to see 1000 people in front of me at the start! But really it's not a race for club runners, it's much more about the occasion and the charities. And I loved the last mile along the sea front - seeing the sea always cheers a Brummie up! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: good well organised race In full: beautiful scenic route, very well organised, t-shirt, water and banana at finish, celebrity starter bradley walsh who promised to come out in his car every 10 mins and shoot the last six runners!. water half way round which was a bonus this being only 5 miles. would definately do it again, a bit hilly but could be a pb potential only as the few hills you went up there were also lovely long downhills to get your breathe back as well. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: GNR - Well done to everyone - what a great day !!! In full: Good race, great finishing area which was nicely spaced out unlike London Marathon which is a crush and can be dangerous, marshalling could improve at the start in the pens, but as runners it should be down to your own honesty/integrity as well ! - - saw a great group in the band tent afterwards, White Van Man I think they were called.
Well done to everyone who organised this ! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Excellent marshalling, friendly supportive atmosphere + great scenery In full: My first full marathon, enjoyed the first 17 miles then the hill snipers got me. The course probably should be described as hilly rather than undulating unless you are from the Andes. Thanks to the Lady runner who, I think, came in first who I used as my pacemaker in middle portion of race (before she sped off up the hills and my legs exploded). Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: nice traipse through the New Forest In full: Cars in the running lane at certain points aside, I felt the NFMA did a good job with the course. Only mild irritants were the cars and a bit of single-file at around the 11-mile mark where a dog-walker had two big hounds glowering at us as we attempted to avoid the brambles. Sunny weather and good scenery throughout, especially the heathlands!! Worth doing, all in all. And hey, no one would argue with a PB. :-) Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Not sure it was undulating, perhaps hilly would best describe it In full: Very scenic race. The hills were challenging. However, I did manage to knock 5 minutes off my half marathon time Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Should be re-named The Bupa Great North Fun Run. In full: Great atmosphere and support. Should have a staggered start so that those who intend walking after 400 yards can do so without holding up those who have trained and want to run the whole way. My only moan.
Great day though and many good hearted people raised lots of money for loads of worthy causes so that can't be a bad thing.
Decent goody bag and nice medal and T-shirt. Worth the 550 mile round trip and I'd do it again. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Still the ultimate running "event" In full: Needs to be better streaming at the start for the serious runners - I'd be pretty hacked off if I was trying to set a time, but if I was trying to do a time, I'd get there at 0830. For the rest of us, it's a special day with some exercise thrown in. The aptmosphere and sense of being involved in something bigger than "just" a race keep the rest of us going. Given the number of people obviously struggling from early-on, I agree with the "water before 4.5 miles, and more of it" sentiments. The station at 8.5 was almost out when I arrived, and I was only half way down the field. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Nobody told me about the 8 mile mountain finish! In full: What a fantastic race. Small and very friendly. The course is beautiful and varies between moorland, woodland and traditional country road.
It was undulating throughout, but the last 8 miles simply went upwards. There were no downhills and no flat bits, just different grades of up!
The support all along the way was fantastic and I actually enjoyed myself more than in the Paris marathon.
It was hot and more water would have been welcome.
Probably not a first timer course but strongly recommend it. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: really,really average In full: Hated the route, hated the constant undulation, transfer bus driver got lost so took 1hour 30 minutes to get to the start from south shields..no marshalling for pens..finish area was needlessly spread out...
Done it once, won't be back Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: 4th year, poor time from me but would do it again In full: STOP whinging, its a special day, for raising money, and enjoying being able to run, my heart goes out to those that didnt make it to the finish. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: another great day In full: tenth gnr completed, 30 mins faster than last year, 1.52 so very pleasing, could have been better but for the walkers. great crowds on the whole condolences for those families who lost loved ones Date of review: September 19, 2005