In short: Make it a marathon race in future? In full: Good race, but lots of walkers, saw many people trip and fall and thats sad. Had to concentrate to avoid collision and keep weaving. Water stations need signage, missed first one and then found it difficult to get to others because of volume of runners and trying to cut across on wet road amidst thousands of bottle tops. Great crowds, carried me most of the way, especially cheery people in SS. A fun, fun ,fun, race. Oh and I was on the bus that left SS and got a puncture at the Tyne Tunnel! That was not fun! Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Live and learn - start nearer the front next year In full: This is a great event. 2004 was my first time and I just didn't beleive how difficult it would be to get past slower runners. However, the main thing is to take it all in. The start (get there early), the Tyne Bridge, the local support (which is awesone and includes offers of beer in South Shields!) and the last mile - the shortest and longest mile. The crowd makes it short, but it is still a mile. At least in 2004 the wind was at our backs. Run it, enjoy it and be happy with whatever time you come home in. Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Generally good, well organised and supported by locals. Only real problem is congestion caused by so many runners being unleashed at once In full: Great event. Very special to be a part of it. Bizarre running along a motorway! Apart from Tyne bridge and Finish, not an exciting course but this not important for such an event. Didn't expect a PB but some more organised runner staggering would be good (though probably impossible to enforce). Some nice touches like the music and the locals with hoses, oranges and the guys giving away beer (though not my energy drink of choice). I parked in Newcastle near St James Park (1m from race start), after a slick drive in from A1 junction north of city centre. Had stayed at Scotch corner and drive in took about an hour from there. Got a bus from finish to Newcastle station which avoided most traffic. Only real traffic nightmare was A1 home. Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Superb support from start to finish and the crowd make the 13 miles enjoyable In full: Yet again a superb race from start to finish. The support you receive from other runners and the crowd makes it a race worth doing. I would recommend this race to anyone.
In short: A MUST DO EVENT! But beware of the walkers! In full: Nothing could prepare me for the amount of people at the start. Walking down the hill to the back of the start it looked like something out of the Charlton Heston Film - Ben Hurr! Managed to climb the barriers at the 8 min mile point, heard the gun, then wait for about 6 or 7 mins before a chance to high 5 Kelly Holmes. The first mile walk/jog (Oggi, Oggi, Oggi, Oi ,Oi, OI! (in the tunnel))- 14 mins ish put paid to any aspirations of a PB. The next 5 miles was spent looking for a gap in the crowds to increase my pace. My memories of the day will be the walk to the start, the inclines, the fantastic support, the Red Arrows just above my head as i ran on to the Tyne Bridge the final decent to the last mile(wasn't expecting that bit)then the last mile to the finish wanting that Blue Gantry to be closer than it was... Pleased with my time 1:53:50... The Downside Too many people walking/running who obviously should have been nearer the back, I know they are doing it for a good cause and I applaud them but no where in the race pack or on the course does it advise the slower finishers to either start nearer the back or at least to walk to the side! 3 hours back to digs and the 7 hour journey back to Bristol on the same night! Deffo do this again next year But will stay 2 nights and use Easy Jet!