In short: This is what memories are made of In full: Really good atmosphere, very steep hill at the end thank goodness for the hay bails. No problem if you want to walk but maybe keep to one side, I came up to three walkers in a row chating away to each other, was like running into a brick wall. Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: First half-marathon, incredible moving experience but agree start does need improvement In full: I never dreamt in a million years I would be able to run this but I did, the whole way ! Found it extremely emotional, crossed the finish line with my best friend of over 20 years and promptly both burst into tears! The organisation was superb, we had no issues getting dropped off or picked up, the atmosphere was incredible and thanks so much to all the locals particularly the bloke with a hosepipe hosing us down from on top of a bus shelter at about 8 miles - top people! My only real gripe was the same as everyone elses - I know I am a relatively slow runner so I started back at the 10 min mile mark but then found it extremely frustrating to be having to dodge round people who were walking from the off. Hats off to anyone who does it but please start at the right place and maybe the organisers could look at laning off a bit for people wanting to walk, otherwise things could get nasty as people get more and more frustrated. It would be a shame for anything to ruin what truly is a fantastic day. Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Superb support from start to finish - the crowd make the 13 miles achievable In full: Superb race from start to finish. The support you recveive from other runners and the crowd makes it a race worth doing. Perhaps not a race for achieveing a pb but just particpating in a race with that amount of people is over whelming. The Supporters were amazing and keep you going over the tougher parts of the course - i would recommend this race to anyone. Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Best sight - the sea after the 11 mile mark. Worst part - 11 miles. In full: Locals are very supportive throughout the course, especially as all of their roads are closed for the race! Many thanks to them and all of the marshals who work so hard.
Start is dreadful. Started around 6 min / mile mark and was pushing through lines of 4 / 5 people just jogging / walking. Those that complained about my elbows made my day!
Escaping South Shields at the end wasn't easy. Back to Nirvana next year for their coaches. May be expensive, but are worth it.
Hopefully with championchips as promised for next year they can sort out a waved start. Something needs to be done.
Great atmosphere and really enjoy the run. Will be back next year, if the organisers don't change the entry system drastically. Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Excellent run but too congested In full: The GNR is a well organised race but the start has to be staggered for the masses as it is for wheelchairs, elite womens etc. Not only to segregate walkers/slow runners from more experienced runners but more poignantly to avert a disaster. The sheer volume of people increasing every year will result in someone being trampled to death then the H&S officer and local council will say that either safety needs improving improving or they will cancel the event forever. Therefore please heed these warnings and stagger the masses start. Otherwise no problem ! Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Great party atmosphere more than serious run. Just needs the start line sorted out. In full: What a great day, and hats off to the organisers particularly at the end, where the runners were crossing the finish line at a rate of 10 per second when I finished. HOWEVER, why do runners have to be so unrealistic about their time expectancies? I was aiming for 2 hrs so I dutifully queued up at the 9 minute/mile part of the start line, and indeed I finished in 2 hrs 3 mins. Why then did I spend the entire run having to pick my way around hundreds of slower runners? They should not really have been ahead of me if they had started from the correct place. And if you do have to slow from a run to a walk, how about moving over to one side to get out out of the way of everyone else? These were the only negative points in an otherwise great experience. As to the answer, I guess there's not much one can do on such a large event other than perhaps introducing more colour-coded categories of numbers? Date of review: September 28, 2004