In short: Great Atmosphere would do agaign but hotels a BIG RIP OFF In full: The race atmos was great, the red arrows flying over the tyne bridge as you run over it was special. It was VERY well organised. The only negative was the accomadation. I booked via the accomadation hot line (supplied by the organisers) and I stayed in a travel Inn type place that normally would cost £60/night. I was charged £180/per night and was made to book two nights. (one night not allowed.) This was a complete rip off. Considering the fact that most people do this for charity, there was no charity given by the accomadation people!!! Date of review: October 18, 2006
In short: My 3rd and probably last GNR....... In full: Loved it, although the weetabix I had at 6.30 (due to early bus pick-up) had run out by the 10 mile mark!!! Crowd as ever splendid and the staggered start made the flow a lot better - didn't have to overtake too many walkers this year! Would love to do it again but the expense of the whole weekend, particularly inflated hotel prices make it unfeasable! Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: My first GNR - and an even better experience than I could have ever imagined! In full: After all I'd heard about the chaotic organisation at the start of previous runs I found the organisation pleasantly competent. Having started at the back with the white numbers , yes it was a pain taking 25 minutes to get over the start, and then even more frustrating to be overtaking so-called 'faster' runners before we evn hit the Tyne Bridge, but overall the experience more than made up for that gripe. Plenty of water stations etc and fabulous people en route - we'll definately be back next year! Overall a wonderful introduction to our first half marathon. Date of review: October 16, 2006
In short: Worth the trip. A great day out. Can't beat the atmosphere the people are special. In full: I wasn't convinced about thestart.Some of the marshalls allowed people with lower start times to move up the grid which really annoyed me, however that was only a minor gripe, I'm a jogger not a sprinter.As always the crowd support is fantastic and considering the volume of people concerned at the start and finish a very smooth organisation, as always not enough loos, I lost 10mins with a pit stop as I had to queue so long at about 10miles I didn't dare do a Paula!!!!Not a bad goody bag, but where was the pasta? Date of review: October 15, 2006
In short: A great day with fantastic support In full: My first half marathon. Compared to where I train (a very flat Warrington) I found the uphills a challenge. Couldn't get a very fast start due to the volume of runners but probably a good thing as it was so hot. Drinks stations couldn't come quickly enough!! Date of review: October 14, 2006
In short: Loved it, a great run - 1 point docked for the start In full: This was my first GNR and first half marathon. If I was on my own I would have been put off by the cattle pens and 'bouncers' at the start. But I wasn't on my own. We found our section and were grateful we didn't have to use the buses. We were even more grateful for the good weather. It's a very long wait at the start and doing that in the rain would have been horrendous.
But once we started it was good. There seemed to be fewer water/lucozade stations than I thought were on the map but the crowds more than made up for it.
On the plus side I managed to over take both Wonder Woman & Superman but Spongebob got me at the 11 mile mark!! Thank God for the Red Arrows on the last mile. I'm not sure if it's just me but it felt like a lot more than a mile. Date of review: October 14, 2006