In short: WELL WORTH DOING In full: I would like to say a big thank you to the many thousands of people who make the GNR possible and especially to Brendan Foster for coming up with the idea in the first place.
Everyone should do it once to recognise the great people of Tyneside and their generosity - -whether it be oranges, ice pops, face wipes or even the man on the bus shelter with the hose pipe! It really does give you faith in mankind.
There were some downsides - like the number of people who told had strange views of how quick they would be - maybe vanity for them but pain for people who want to enjoy getting into their stride. Also special mention for those wearing ipods - either ban them or make people run at the back who want to wear them -they are a danger to others!
All in all great but as they say do not expect a PB. Date of review: September 22, 2010
In short: GNR need you say more In full: excellent organisation in the race metro strained for spectators and at the end but the people make this a great event, despite the rain the kids were high fiving and oogy oggy ogging forBritain and Metro staff werefriendly and helpful. Despite the travel delays I'll be back Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: My first and, hopefully, not my last -a great day out In full: I was fortunate to be invited to join the TV Times team running for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research ("The Banana Army") so got to experience the day as a 'VIP'. A coach to the start and the hospitality tent at the end certainly make bookends of the day more agreeable, but the run was more challenging that I'd expected.
I'd run Hastings in 1'40" this Spring, and thought the GNR looked a lot less steep (at least on the elevation maps). Maybe so, but it seemed to roll - up and down, up and down, all the way to South Shields. I ran the second half seven minutes slower than the first, which speaks for itself.
Still managed to get a PB of 1:37:56 - and a great chat with Sonia O'Sullivan.
The VIP treatment was nice, but 13 miles is 13 miles - I'm proud to have done it and hope to return. Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: ENJOYED MY THIRD YEAR In full: This was my third year and the organization gets better and better.But its getting very busy,i was in orange D pen and it was very full where i was.In the race i got stuck behind people and was boxed in so many times.I put a time in i knew i could achive,(not like a lot of people, who like many have mentioned walked after a few miles.)Having said that i don t really come here for a PB,i love the red arrows flying over you and the support was fantastic given the weather at times.The marshalls who give there time up were fantastic also.The goody bag this year was very good with lots of content. Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: Fantastic, special event In full: This was my first GNR and only my 2nd Half Marathon. I was in my pen very early thanks to excellent organisation by Nirvana. The crowd along the route were fantastic despite the very wet weather. Their ice-pops, oranges, jelly babies, hose pipes, biscuits and wet wipes were very much appreciated. Ant and Dec were brilliant. They kept us amused as we waited over half an hour to reach the start. One disappointment was that People who finished long after me were able to start in white/organe pens whilst I was way back in green. People were walking before we had even reached 3 miles and this was frustrating as I seriously wanted to run and couldn't get through for walkers walking 3 and 4 abreast up the middle of the road! However that said the organisers cannot be held responsible for people lieing about their abilities. I will hopefully be back next year! Well done everyone involved Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: GNR Virgin In full: 4th ever Half Marathon and first GNR - thought it would rain all day but turned out to be perfect. Terrific crowd, and the Red Arrows over the Tyne Bridge nearly brought tears to my eyes. PB too, started in Orange and didn't have too mnay problems with slower runners, but perhaps the people crammed in McD and Burger King before the start regretted their breakfast choice rather quickly! Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: We keep coming back In full: Reckon I've done it 16 times now - and had a bad race - but that was down to lack of training - the event was great. Liked the idea of the funnel just before the start - made the opening few miles more bearable. Possibly the wettest of the 16 and that was only in the last mile and just after I finished. Crowds were as great as ever. Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: What can I say? - WOW!!!!!! In full: My first ever half marathon. I was running in memory of a loved one so it was going to be emotional and must admit I felt like I was staring up at everest on sunday morning! But the music beforehand, the red arrows flying overhead got me going and I somehow ran it all!! I faltered at mile 9 but some lovely lady grabbed my arm and shouted keep going!! All that along with the boost zone and the guy with the hose ensured I got round! Not a great time but since it was my first it was a pb!! It was hard to keep the tears from falling when I got on to the sea front and I really felt like I had done something special - hard not to feel like that when you are running alongside 50,000 others all with their own story to tell! Puts your faith back in human nature!! The travel problems and the queues just faded into the background for me after that! Date of review: September 21, 2010
In short: Great day but a bit of a let down for me personally?? In full: GNR is an iconic race and, as a first timer both for this race & for a half marathon, I had really high expectations for a stupendous atmosphere. However, the rain & the fact I was ill half way round which destroyed my chances of getting the time I wanted took the shine off it for me. Don't get me wrong - I had a brilliant day & in hindsight, it just gets better too and perhaps my hopes were just too high beforehand.
Our Nirvana coach dropped us off well in advance of the race so there was lots of hanging around in the rain so not great to start cold & damp. I was in the pen well in advance of the start which was probably a good idea. Luckily, I was chatting to some very friendly strangers when they played Abide with Me or I might have completely lost it then (I was running in my mother's memory).
Don't understand the people who say it is hilly, I was expecting worse - but then I trained for Cornwall in a month. I can understand the frustration with those who were "ambitious" with their finish time & so got in others way but was fine with the walkers as long as they stayed on the left (indeed, I walked myself a couple of times). It was those walking in the middle of the field who were annoying, particularly at the finish. I had trained for a sprint finish & no chance of that with the volume of people. You think you are there when you go down the hill & turn left by the sea but that finish line just kept getting further & further away. Luckily, the crowds were fab there.
The locals are brilliant, although I suspect there were less than usual because of the weather.
The organisation was good (although never enough toilets of course).
So - would definitely run it again & have already signed up for next year. Just will take plenty of medicine & fingers crossed for sunshine. Date of review: September 21, 2010