In short: Well organised and enjoyable In full: I feel there has been alot of unecessary moaning about this race. It was well organised, I was in the first wave, got lined up around 20 minutes from the start so fairly close to the front. No major problems with slow runners, achieved a PB and extremely well organised finished with huge signs for medal/t shirt collection. Nice touch to have the shower half way round. Could have been few more signs for car parking but overall well organised. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Great views. Nice fresh air. Friendly bovine supporters :) In full: Nice run. I really enjoyed running in the countryside. Fresh air, great running weather (not too hot, no rain) and not too much mud made great surface.
Only complaint would be that after about 500 metres there was a footbridge which we had to cross one-by-one. About 3 min delay for me. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Garmin says 10.6k but still a PB. In full: Lots of additional extras - bananas, muscle rub, drinks, etc. Good entertainment for spectators waiting for runners coming back to the stadium. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Great event, worth coming back for. In full: Great event, even bigger than last year, but still fwelt good. I can't really fault it. Easy to get to, great organisation, good weather for running and a great atmosphere with a good buzz. 20,000 is probably about the maximum though, I can see some problems if it gets any bigger.All in all a highly recommended event. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: toughest marathon i have ever ran In full: great day out - i'm training for comrades - this was a test - my hardest marathon ever and i got a pb - i did 2 oceans (56km) in 2004 - this was tougher, but a great run. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: overcrowded - great for charity runners In full: If you want a PB (I did) get to the front - even then I was surprised at how many walkers were at the front of the first wave. This is a fast course but is a BUPA great Run - so 20,000 people on a 10K course is bound to be overcrowded. If you are willing to accept that do it. if not choose a smaller race! Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Another overcrowded Great North Run in the making!? In full: For the second year of entering, I was disappointed with this year's event. Less chance of a PB this year, compared to last year. More runners, more bottle-necks, more elbows, apologies and rows of walkers four and five abreast, stoppping dead in their tracks, causing potential falls. More aggressive marshalls at the end of the run. Less spectator support on route compared to last year's event. The positives - nice teashirt and medal!
In short: My first marathon - more training needed but lived to tell the tale. In full: Trick of the eye makes it feel like running uphill for the first 18 miles, downhills caught me by surprise. Scenery stunning. Finish facilites great. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Too many walkers & aggressive barging blokes In full: Not bad overall but too much of a commercial event rather than a running event...just like the Great North Run. Too many slow runners & people walking from the very start in the first wave...ridiculous planning! The Marshals at the finish were rude and aggressive. A real shame the route wasn't more in the city centre as the crowd support was very poor for most of the route. Overpriced...nice medal & best t shirt.Probably come back again but room for improvement! Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: The 40 euro gift, a laugh, more laike 4 euro, dead animals glass on the road that was cordoned off for runners, loads of potholes. Goody bag was a leaflet and abottle of lucozade. Crap really! Date of review: May 23, 2005