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
In short: Beautiful few miles from 3-7, lovely sunny day and great support! In full: Great organisation, loads of water and sponge stops, and a baggage store which worked really well with a little help from the military! Lovely views across the New Forest. Thanks to all the supporters, and the boy doing a much appreciated job with the water hose in the late stages. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: glad I did it and can tick the race off and I had a nice day but I wouldn't be desperate to do it again.My thoughts are with the families of those who died yesterday. In full: Given this race is as old as famous and more expensive than London it could learn a few lessons from it I think. Too many runners jam packed in at start. No problem with plodders/walkers as I am no speedy gonzalez but people should have done the training required and it appeared many hadn't.
In short: Great atmosphere, not enough water & too many walkers! In full: Did a 600 mile round trip for my first ever GNR, a thoroughly enjoyable race on a challenging course but please please please put the 1st water station before 4.5 miles and provide more of them! Organisation at the start was very poor, orange section was packed with 'fun' runners, white numbers and walkers. If you have a section for designated runners, make sure they can get into it!
Supporters and atmosphere were excellent, congratualtions to the Geordies for their enthusiasm and for putting on a great day! Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Great day out for all abilities, great run if you get there early. In full: Great race. |Well organsed from start to finish. You do need to arrive early if you intend to run the whole way ( I was in the first wave and still saw three people walking after 4 mins!?) Great support from public along the route and a decent goody bag afterwards. Would recommend staying to watch the red arrows afterwards / however if you do you get stuck in the car park for and hour. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: A bit hillier than I was expecting! In full: The organisation was amazing, and I've never seen so many water/sponge stations on a half course, which considering the heat yesterday were much appreciated!
The course was slightly tougher than I was expecting, but managed to finish pretty much on my predicted time, which meant a PB for me on an undulating course. Date of review: September 19, 2005
In short: Well organised, small friendly marathon In full: My first marathon and "enjoyable?" it was.
However the course is definitely undulating with the, albeit small, hills between 18 & 23 miles being very energy sapping.
Loads of water and sponge stations and excellent marshalling and policing that cannot be faulted.
Having the half go 30 minutes before means that at the end the marathon runners are on their own for prize giving, massage etc which allows a convivial atmosphere to develop. Date of review: September 19, 2005