In short: Spectacular! In full: This was my first big race and I wasn't disappointed. The support from the locals was fantastic, especially the four older ladies blasting out Status Quo from their car and playing inflatable electric guitars, Elvis and also the retired couple who let me use their toilet at the start. This race wasn't about getting a PB for me or many of the other runners, it was about taking part and raising lots of money for charity. It's the only race I've ever been handed water by Tanni Grey-Thomson. Yes, it is expensive but it was worth every penny. Date of review: October 20, 2007
In short: WOW !! In full: What a fantastic day, ive only been running a year and had competed in 2 10k's and 1 half marathon prior to this, and i couldnt believe how well organised an event could be with upto 50,000 competetors in it. It was an awesome day, I went up on the Friday night and stayed in campsite close to the finish line, hopped on one of many waiting shuttle run of busses, (no queueing) to near the start line. my only problem was when i filled in the application form, i must have put a slower time than i was capable of or other people put in faster times than they were capable of as i started in zone G and i was passing peolpe literely all the way from start to finish, constantly appologising for knocking into people, i completed it in 1hr 55min still managed to get my pb and according to my garmin i had ran 13.3 miles, but what an atmosphere from the runners to the crowd and the marshalls an absolutley faultless event from the organisation side of it. I would definatly recommend this run to any one as the atmosphere carries you round, what a great site it was too as the red arrows flew over Tyne Bridge very shortly after I had come out. Phil (30596) Date of review: October 16, 2007
In short: A victim of its own success. In full: The atmosphere was amazing and the locals were extremely supportive. The organisation was etremely good as well, however paying for the bus seemed a little steep when you consider just how much it was to enter the race. Whilst we are on the subject of cost - that alone would put me off ever entering again. It cost as much to enter as many marathons do!! As it stands, its a fantastic spectacle for the North East however I believe that it has become a victim of its own success. Just too many people. Date of review: October 16, 2007
In short: My first GNR and a very special day. Crowds are very encouraging, crossing the Tyne bridge with the Red Arrows overhead was unforgettable and the last mile down the sea front was also truly memorable. In full: My support crew parked in North Shields by mistake so after the race I had to walk about 2 miles and queue up for nearly an hour for the ferry. Date of review: October 9, 2007
In short: Fantastic event - use your elbows & you're sorted :-) In full: Having done this race in '05 i needed to get back & get that PB sorted. A supremely organised event, unbelievably straightforward in my opinion. The pens worked well on the whole (though there were still a couple of 'pink' runners in the way at the start - i was in White E) Thing is, 50000 taking part means that things will be congested irrespective really so just get on with it. Yes, somewhat ungraciously i had to resort to being a little 'forecful' at times with those that just stopped in the middle of the road, or darted to drinks stations at the last mili-second, but overall i certainly had a fantastic event - AND achieved that PB. Made use of public transport to get to the start & back from Sth Shields & i can't fault it. Supremely well set up & absolutely no hassles. Yes, the goody bags were a bit pants this time around, but still, a superb day, a fantastic event & i'll be back to crack 1:40 next year :-)
In short: The Pain The Gain The Glory In full: This was my second GNR, the first in 2000 when I was not that experienced a runner. This year I knew a PB wwas off the menu because of injuries tormnetng me since Feb. But it was a great race. The orgnaisation was excelelnt, the deep heat sheep pens worked well, no getting hemmed in by slower runners/walkers. Sadly my legs gave up the ghost at mile 9 and 11, had to walk for a bit AND STRETCH. So no PB but still well under 2 hours so not too bad. Those hills were tougher than I remembered. My memories of the people en route, the hands, the vaseline, the oranges, the welcome showers on a warmer day than I wanted, the atmosphere in the charity village afterwards, the very welcome cold pint of Stella Artois (oops) - it was all great. I would do this every year if it was local. Next time I will crack those hills! Date of review: October 9, 2007
In short: 1st GNR and Half Marathon. I had a great day! In full: Started in pen G and for first half of race crowding was not too bad, but last 4 miles became very overcrowded. In the last mile or so I found it a real struggle trying to pass slower runners. I didn't really mind though as atmosphere helped to make up for this. Still ran under 2 hours so was v happy!
Very impressed with organisation and the number of drinks stations, but felt a bit let down with the goody bag. Overall had a really enjoyable day! Date of review: October 5, 2007