In short: My First Ever HM And I was realistic with my race time In full: This was my first ever half marathon and as much a personal challenge as anything. I am so glad I chose this race for my first ever event. And I am also glad I selected I realistic time to run it in, back in block K (pink zone) or some 1km behind Haile Gebrselassie or 35 minutes after the race start.
Completed in 2.37 which was the time I had hoped for. I didnt know when I applied what standard I would get up to in training, and sadly with an injury 6 weeks before the run its a time I am proud of.
To new runners, be honest with the time, enjoy the experience and do the training. An amazing atmosphere and the people of the north east are an amazing bunch of supporters to keep you going. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Very emotional to see all these people raising money for charity In full: Got to the race start really early and spent 2.5hrs looking at people's costumes. Was overwhelmed by the size of the who thing. Really good atmosphere. For once there were plenty of toilets (which is not the case at some other races I have been to) and even some loo paper! Very emotional to see everyone was running for charity and in some cases in memory of someone. Didn't manage a PB and I was surprised by the hilliness of the terrain. Was mumbling under by breath during the last 2 miles (they were killers) and only managed the last 800m by sheer gritting of teeth. Pity about the weather and especially the rain at the end. Wasn't much fun for those waiting at the finish line. Hope to be back next year and in costume! Date of review: September 25, 2010
In short: Fantastic atmosphere made 13.1 mile go very quickly enjoyable instead of painfull In full: My first time at this event and i would love to become a regular. From the start i felt part of something special from showing great respect to Troops in wheel of stell race which was very emotional to joining in the race warm up. The run seemed to go very quickly which was mainly down to the spectators cheering you on and the cheering zones and constant music playing. Even on quiet parts of the run we passed the time with choruses of "hoggy hoggy hoggy" "oi oi oi".I was very pleased with my time of 2 hours 11 mins just 4 mins outside my personal best.The only downside i can think off was that i took me longer to get from the finish line to the ferry and on the ferry than it did to run the race.I can appreciate this though considering the amount of people there but it was hard to take for my wife who came to watch. We stayed in Whitley Bay and had a great weekend travelling about on Metro so did not need the car once we were at digs. Overall i had a fantastic time and would return every year if i get the chance. Date of review: September 24, 2010
In short: Fab, well worth entering a great first trip up north, just about worth the 9hr car journey up and the 11hr car journey back! In full: Loved the whole experience of the GNR , the people, the organisation the brilliant pre-and post massage service (the therapists were just fab). Only complaint was the mix of runners in the 1.45-2hr group some runners had clearly over estimated there speed potentaial! I can accept walking at 10 miles but 2miles! and there were more than a few!. Felt it slowed me down, hard to get a pace up especialy at the end. I was realistic not expecting a P.B at such a busy half but felt I was slowed down a bit!. However the whole experience was great. Never realised how stunning South Shields is. Date of review: September 24, 2010
In short: Loved it again :) In full: Did the GNR in 2009 to "celebrate" my 40th birthday. Miles 10 to 12 are murder for us plodders - could have slapped myself at times for putting myself through it again. And of course, when I fell over the finish line after two and a half hours I swore blind that I'd never do it again. But the GNR is like giving birth - painful and hard but OH so worth it and I just know I'll be back again next year.
PS There are no friendlier people in the country than the ones who turn out to support that race - just makes the whole thing. Date of review: September 24, 2010
In short: Always a fabulous experience, but must be experienced at least once. In full: Another great day; perfect conditions for fast times (early on)and as always a fab Geordie crowd to cheer everyone along. Zone B was crammed with 1.45-2.00 chancers, so a LOT of slower runners to run through, round etc. It certainly paid to be at the front of Zone B for a clear run. First time for me running with a team of mixed ability, so had to wait around at the finish. Did not enjoy the subsequent epic queue for Shields Metro. That said, when I finally made it onto the East Coast Train to head back south, I was able to share it with Nell McAndrew - every cloud etc!!! Date of review: September 23, 2010
In short: A busy course well organised In full: This was my first half marathon and it lived upto my expectations. The crowed played a huge part in me getting around. Giving me ice pops, oranges and thanks to the man on the bus stop with the hose pipe. It's a busy course so if u r after a pb this may not be for you but being part of this run was amazing. I will b back Date of review: September 23, 2010
In short: An undulating run on moptorways and duel carridgeways. In full: Looking at the course elevation profile gave mne the impression there were only a couple of gentle inclines, but instead I found it was up and down the whole way which meant I didn't achieve my target time (PB though). Water bottles didn't open very well which meant I didn't get much water. Trying to drink from a half opened water bottle at 5:20 pace saps a lot of your energy. The crowd support was ok, but not spectacular. I assume that was due to the horrible weather though. It was a hell of a long way to the Metro station at the finish and queueing for 30 mins in rain just to get on and then taking another 40 minutes to get to central station wasn't great. My girlfriend wanted to watch me on the route but found that the Metro stations were so far away from the route, she couldn't get there in time! Last point is that baggage buses were ok, but why not use the same system as the London Marathon instead of random bags on random buses. Date of review: September 23, 2010