In short: Get rid of the people walking! In full: A good event spoiled by "runners" walking in the middle of the road before we got to the Tyne bridge,and what felt like every mile afterwards.Can't the organisers ask these idiots to move to one side to let others get past? Apart from that a good day out, thanks to the marshalls and everybody who helped out. Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Can't wait to do it again! In full: Fantastic race. First time i've done it and would definetely do it again. Disappointed took 15 minutes to cross line and before I got to 1 mile had to dodge walkers!! Start needs to be looked at - chips should make for more accurate times. Friendly Geordies kept me going - great atmosphere Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Elbows out! In full: Managed to get close to my personal best (ignoring the 6 minute walk to the start line). The trick is to push your way through the walkers, elbows out! Very flat course, nice of the locals to give out sweets, oranges, and showers with a hose pipe. I had no trouble whatsoever getting out of South Shields - Finished under 2 hours and then sat around in the charity area watching the red arrows for about an hour. My advice is get the ferry and then the metro - as it seems like people who got the metro from south shields were the ones taht queued.
Championchips next year should get rid of the starting problems - Sotckholm half marathon had staggered start with bands of people according to previous race times. No weaving there.
Wish people would not stop when they get to water stations tho. Nearly tripped over several people! Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Not a race but a terrific event. In full: This could be improved with a pulse start and a chipped race like Glasgow, but that might turn it into more of a race. It's the first time I cracked 2 hours in this event and it took 5 mins to cross the start. The red arrows were superb too. Looking forward to next year already. Date of review: September 28, 2004
In short: Still a great event, made more so by the Red Arrows display, but when will they get serious about organising the start? In full: Running through the city centre packed with supporters and over the bridge makes for a very special start, no matter how many times you've run the event. The start needs to be organised better to remove the fun runners from near the front. If you don't have an elite number but still want to try and run a time, it's becoming very difficult. The Red Arrows display makes a great feature of the finish. Date of review: September 28, 2004