In short: should have been a water station at2.5 miles as it was such ahot day . i always carry water with me just in case .no water at the start which had been staTED CROWD BRILLIANT . WILL DO IT AGAIN In full: SOME RUNNERS WERE VERY IMPATIENT , COULD HAVE BEEN MORE SHOWERS Date of review: October 1, 2005
In short: Enjoyed it; but I should have used sunscreen. In full: It was cool/cold waiting but when the race started and with the sun out I wish I had worn a vest rather than a tee shirt. Plenty of water available and vaseline. Great atmosphere. Date of review: October 1, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere but too many runners made it hard to run quickly. In full: Excellent atmosphere with all the crowds and the sheer number of participants. But conversely that made it a slow race as I was constantly trying to fight my way around people walking! On the day, it was very warm so would have been better to have first water stop a little earlier. Date of review: October 1, 2005
In short: Weather beyond control of organisers, but start time not maybe. A little earlier would have benefited some. Gained a personal best on this course and will be back again next year for certain Date of review: October 1, 2005
In short: A well organised 1/2m with some steady climbs but from the turn around point of 8 miles it was a fairly quick return run. The 'T' shirts were great and the goody bag was welcome as it contained food and drink. In full: The number of runners taking part were in excess of 2000 and I would predict a field of atleast 5000 for next years race. Date of review: October 1, 2005
In short: Well worth doing, but for 'undulating' in the race description read 'hilly' ! In full: My first ever half marathon and was starting to feel it after about 9 miles ! However got inside my target time by 10 seconds. Good atmosphere, good scenery and a hot day - thanks to the young lad with the hose and spray attachment ! Some steep hills to look out for, probably not the best for a PB, but I'm a beginner sho what do I know ? Overall a very good day and not too crowded. Would definitely consider doing it again. Date of review: September 30, 2005
In short: Apathy In full: I'd like to be enthused about this race, there's nothing wrong with it, just doesn't possess that feeling that will stay with you. I feel in a year I'll have to jog my memory to remember doing this one again. I'd done it in April, and the familiarity bred contempt I suppose. I knew what to expect and got it. It's a good race, the km markers were there bright and visible, and it all went off on time and I prefer the medal to the Marble Plinth. Good and chunky medals always go down well. Major sticking point is the cost, I entered at club affiliation pre-entry cost, but for those who spent £15 on the day, I'd have been troubled to find what made this race worth that in terms of value. A medal, and bottle of water is what we get in the end. Other longer distance races offer the same, marshalling, medals, water etc but are not as expensive. As for the run, that infamous hill is still tricky, but you get a good steep run down on the latter part of the race to more than balance it out. Good to do to fill up a weekend with. Date of review: September 30, 2005
In short: My first half marathon but can't wait to do another. Hated drinking from cups though! In full: Really enjoyed the day for my first half marathon. The course was harder than I'd anticipated although I still got close to the time I'd set for myself (1 hr 45). Thought it was very well organised except for having to drink from cups whilst running. I'm not sure if it's an acquired art but one I will have to master for the future! Date of review: September 30, 2005
In short: excellent all round.... In full: Excellent scenery of course....all the moaners surely should have bought their own water to drink at the end..and what do people expect when 6000 people try to leave the car park at the same time...??....we were out in half an hour.. Date of review: September 30, 2005
In short: Nice run, but the route does have problems In full: I don't want to be too critical because it is a nice friendly atmosphere and it was for a good local cause. BUT, within roughly 400m of the start there is a bottleneck where it starts to go on the trail, and the trail then is very narrow. There are approx 4 bottlenecks or steps to go through/over, so a PB is unlikely. The water stations were not properly run. When I went past the first one, there were just 2 people frantically pouring water into plastic cups. As they were only filling them up between 1/3 and 1/2 I saw people running off with 2 or 3 cups at a time. I know that the later runners did not get to have any water at either station. If it was due to lack of cups, then runners at the front, please spare a thought for the runners coming behind you. I know you think you need the water more as you are running faster, but it is only a 10K and maybe the slower, more inexperienced runners need it more.
FInal gripe now. I know it is not just this run that has done it, and I know it will not be the last, but, if you advertise to give certain incentives to run, like a trophy and goody bag, please do you best to supply them.
All that said, I will be back next year. Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: Hope to be there again next year In full: This was my first GNR and my first half marathon. The atmosphere was fantastic although it was very hot. Its not a run if you want a fast time - too many walkers too near the front, but the crowd are amazing all the way. And running over the Tyne bridge to the Red Arrows -Wow!! Mind that last mile along the Coast Road is never ending!
Would I do it again? DEFINITELY!! Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: good atmosphere, ,not for runners though! In full: As a first time runner, I read how to train for this race in the programme given.But it all seemed pointless when I got there! Although it was a fun run I expected it to be quite clear, as it did in the programme, that if you were a walker that you stayed on the right so that runners could get by on the left. It wasn't announced on the speakers as we waited. I stood by the plaque where it was my expected time to finish. But looking around I began to see that I needed to be closer to the front as most people were walkers! A person next to me said people couldn't get on the road so they were waiting for the elite runners to go and then step in front- these were walkers too! It was hopeless, many women were shouting walkers to the right as we tried to run but it was very difficult just to jog.Half way round a marshall was shouting walkers to the right but thats the only time I heard it said officially. I know it was a fun run but I had trained expecting to run and thought this would be catered for. I met up with a friend later who had run this race for many years.She said that it was always like this. Why? I found it quite fustrasting as my first run. Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: A great day out marred by tragic deaths of 4 fellow runners In full: My 15th GNR (what happened to the other 10 ?) and yet again the weather was (too) kind. This race has moved from June in the early days, through October, and now back to September and the weather has only been really bad once for me, which is amazing given it's in the NE of England. Forget PB's unless you are near the front (like lucky me 'cos I've done it so many times) but chip timing (introduced this year for the first time) at leat means your finish time is true running time and not 'since the gun went off'. Crowds this year seemed bigger than ever, especially on the finishing mile along the coast, and support throught was fantastic. If you have not done this race before sign up for 2006 now ! Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: Enjoyed the run, nice change to the bigger events In full: Weather was nice and cool, made for a good run with PB achieved. Brass band at start, a nice touch, water one on route but cup instead of bottle, not ideal. Date of review: September 29, 2005
In short: A good race but water a bit after the the 5K point In full: Overall a good event and one which I would do again, well organised although the car parking and start arrangements weren't that obvious but there lots of people around to ask. This was my first race after having near fatal meningitis and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I was near the back. Free photos of the event and lots of them is a big bonus
In short: Hope to go back again In full: The second time for me and I was very glad to go back. The event is not to be missed. Organisation is great, considering the number of people. The only gripe is why do some people start at the front and walk after the first mile. I am sure these muppets wont be reading these columns and taking it on board though!! Maybe it should be mentioned more in the before event magazines.
It must be remembered and a thought spared for the four people who didn't make it this year. Date of review: September 29, 2005