In short: This is the 15th time I have participated in and completed the GNR. It is what it is, a race for the masses and very different to most other races in the UK. A fairly flat course and fairly enjoyable. I'll be back next year for 16. Date of review: October 1, 2004
In short: Excellent, though heavily congested. In full: This was my first half marathon, I've done a few 10km races previously, and I found it difficult to keep an even pace, which I'd done during training. I found myself slowing down and speeding up as I came up to people in front of me. This slightly tarnished my expectations of the race, but for the rest I found it very enjoyable and exceptionally well organised. I look forward to next year. Date of review: October 1, 2004
In short: A great experience and a pb to boot on the way back to form after injury. Great to be started by Kelly Holmes and to see the man mountain Matthew Pinsent out there toughing it with the rest of us! In full: Despite a lot of griping, I think that the GNR is well run as they have to consider a huge field of a far more mixed ability than a big city marathon. If you can run a quarter decent half marathon time, then you can get out of South Shields when there are less than 5000 people trying to. If you can't then the atmosphere and the crowds are a big part of why you're there so you should be prepared to take the rough with the smooth! Date of review: October 1, 2004
In short: Below average race. Water stations were a farce and pre race pasta party a complete rip off. In full: Below average race. Realise this race is more of a fun run but travelled long way merely to do a "personal worst" time. Started in correct (?) place but clearly majority of people did not. Passed hundreds of people walking witin first 2 miles.Water stations were a farce - why no signs saying e.g "Water 400 metres ahead on Left".People could then have gradually moved over to correct side Pre race show not a patch on London. Bought tickets for "Pasta Party" at £6 each back in January, never again. Tickets then on sale per last magazine for £3 - this does not encourage pre-booking. As for the pasta - 11 pieces of ravioli for £6, come on GNR organisers, get real!