In short: Great day with usual problems In full: My second Great North Run but I guess the same problems. The start zones seemed to work well this year for most, agree with others if you know your not the quickest head towards the back as all you do is hold up faster runners and spoil their time, especially those who literally walk from the start line as it causes problems for others. Others who had problems getting in their pens, I suspect most turned up later than the times you were clearly told in advance they would be closing the zones at so for most you only have yourselves to blame there. That aside it was another great day, it is generally a very well organised event that runs pretty smoothly considering the amount of people about. A fairly flat course with some hills but nothing too severe but not really going to be a pb course due to the volumes of runners around you, its more the taking part in this one and the atmosphere which you will really enjoy thanks to the organisers and the great support of the locals.
A bit pricy once accomodation is taken into account and the travel away after is not exactly fun (Nirvana preferential routes .... I wish!) but its a special race I guess, its the Great North Run, and I would recommend that everyone who likes running tries this at least once. Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: Great Race - Travel was a Nightmare In full: The race itself was perfect, loved the hill at the 11th mile as it gave way to reveal the sea - that was perect. Support was brilliant. My only problems is the price of the event and also getting back to the car after the finish. Buses to the Start (Haymarket) should be free. Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: First timer - really enjoyed the atmosphere. Want to do it next year. In full: I thought the organisation was exceptional my only gripe would be not enough toilets at the start. Wonderful atmosphere will do this again next year. Thanks to the kids handing out ice pops and the extra water @ mile 9! Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: Tremendous atmosphere, glorious weather, a good weekend away In full: Good things: Support Sunshine Red arrows (perfectly timed as I was approaching the tyne bridge) T-shirt Journey home - managed to avoid the traffic queues. Unfortunately driving is much better than the horrendous queue at the metro station (last year's experience) Camping - lovely cheap campsite by the sea
Bad things: Goody bag - could have done with nuts or cereal bar instead of fisherman's friend People walking at mile 1 - it might be a good idea to train in future! The undignified toilet break at the start Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: My first Great Run. Can't wait for the next. In full: I found it to be very enjoyable though hard. The only problem I had was waiting round at the baggage bus at the end. I had to stand around in a que for 25 minutes to get on the bus to find my bag. Ouch. Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: Magnificent armosphere. All good except the extortionate price! In full: A very enjoyable day. Very friendly atmosphere & lots of fun to travel up with friends. My only gripe is the price - why so much?? Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: A fantastic event and 2007 my most enjoyable so far! In full: Not my fastest race but perhaps my most enjoyable GNR (number 5). Got to start from the 'elite' runners pen - it was fab! So much space, no crowds, no queues and only metres off the start line. Ran a good 1:23 pace to mile 9 but then legs started to tire (effects of having run to the start from South Shields).
Organisation seems to improve each year, crowds are gernally fantastic but for me the real buzz is the charity village - so many people doing so much good not only for themsleves but for literally hundreds of thousands of other people - and the red arrows to boot!
Looking forward to next year! Date of review: October 1, 2007