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
In short: Done it once - never again In full: Much talked about and promoted, but I must say I wasn't impressed. The things that disappointed me: 1. Bag drop was timed to close at 10.10, but at 10.00 we were told that the buses had to move and that no bags could go on - rediculous. 2. The enclosures were full so we were told to move to the back behind slower runners! What's the point of registering a time then! 3. Too crowded so couldn't race. I know it's a charity do - however it's still a race, but there are so many I couldn't move on. 4. At the end waiting an hour and a half in the rain for the metro was not a great way to top it off. 5. The outragiously inflated hotel prices for the weekend. The good things: As always the helpers at the start, the drinks stations and the finish were brilliant, so many thanks to you all. Date of review: September 23, 2010
In short: Worthy of the title "Great" North Run... In full: Second time running the GNR and this year I ran in fancy dress as a Spartan Warrior. The crowd were great as usual, shouts of "I'm Spartacus", c'mon Roman(!)and c'mon Viking(!?) all the way around. Fantastic atmosphere with the fellow runners and crowd alike.
It was very well organised with not hitches with to report, but I arrived early to avoid any problems. There were runners trying to climb the barrier after the gun had gone off, where had these people been until now!?
Unfair criticism to label the course dull, it takes you over one of the Newcastle's most famous landmarks the Tyne Bridge and as you climb the brow of the last hill into South Shields you are met by the tremendous sight for the sea.
Great free massage at the end organised by BUPA just what was required after 13.1 miles.
Who models the finisher t-shirts? Brendan Foster? I plumed for the large and it was the size of a tent! Apart from that the goody bag was great and a nice medal.
On the down side I had to queue over half an hour for the bus back to Newcastle in the pouring rain and when I eventually did get on the bus I endured the journey from hell, the driver took us on a scenic tour of the north east resulting in not getting home until gone 3pm at which point I was freezing cold!
In full: This was the 2nd GNR for me, last one in 2007, and way down at the back, 3 years on and moved up to the Orange Zone. Very frustrated early on with runners who had clearly not put their correct run time down and where walking, at 2 miles - you should be at the back. Also if you are going to walk, move over to the side of the road. However overall fab atmosphere, but not sure will do it again, too busy, will stick to smaller races for a better chance of a PB. Date of review: September 23, 2010
In short: Great race, great atmosphere, VERY busy on the race In full: This year was much harder to get into starting pen there were so many people. Shame they don't limit access to this area to runners only.
Bus travel home was much worse than last year as well.
But overall an EXCELLENT race and fantastic experience Date of review: September 22, 2010
In short: Left a decent impression on me In full: Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I'm a fan of the Bupa/Great Run events - they are expensive, true, but the sheer logistics of shutting off a major city, and providing for the thousands of runners hitting the streets surely leaves a hefty bill. The atmosphere was great throughout, the route was decent enough and the organisation was pretty seemless (I agree about the buses however - despite arriving in plenty of time, my bag made the 13.1 journey on the late luggage bus - despite some busses leaving seemingly empty). I'd like to think I'd make a habit of running this race however - smashing fun! Date of review: September 22, 2010
In full: A PB for me this year - not bad considering having to wade through an awful lot of people who seemed to be going a lot slower than the wave time would suggest. That aside, the GNR never fails to disappoint, with a great atmosphere from marshalls and spectators alike. Wasn't too keen on the Powerade Zero they dished out at the first energy stop, but the rest was great. Overall, highly recommended. Date of review: September 22, 2010
In short: Dull scener, tarmac, motorways, dual carriageways not very interesting...... In full: Luggage buses were dire, some not full set off early........toilets dire........expensive for what you get really......... Date of review: September 22, 2010