In short: Its big, its smooth but its an event rather than a race In full: Well organised race that managed to get 50,000 in one place at one time ready for teh start without major problems - all the problems seem to be getting them away at end.
Course is largely soulless and uninspiring made better by the huge numbers of bands around course and the spectators. to be honest was expecting a few more spectators but might have been the rain putting them off.
Mildly undullating course with nothing too serious in terms of hills.
Think this has gone beyond a race to be honest and many people scores reflect this as an event or occasion, mass participation feel good etc. As a race there are better courses and better support.
Worth doing once for the occasion but doubt I will ever be back (even if I lived close) Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: A great race on a very tough course which genuinely felt like it was all up hill! In full: Toilet facilities were poor really with horrendous queues but other than that very well organised. Good atmosphere but can't understand how anyone could say it beats London? It doesn't come close. A really tough challenging half marathon if you are looking to test yourself. Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Clockwork In full: Considering the number of runners, the organisation is amazing. Yes the loos are a bit awful, but they're portaloos, they're always awful. My only bad point for this event was the 2+ hours waiting around at the start after being dropped off by the bus. But far mroe good points to out weight this. Seeing the Red Arrows fly over you while your running is awe inspiring. Great crowd support. The only thing stopping me doing it again is the time and distance from home and the expense of hotels etc. If it was in my area, I'd do it every year I think. Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Great race, shame about the rain In full: I have been looking to do this race for years and never managed to get in - glad I made it for the 30th year!
Given the size the organisation was fine, the buses at the end were problematic and the transport firm should have had tents up selling tickets rather than getting on the bus to speed things up. Or given the size of the event provide free travel for those with race numbers like Hamburg do for their marathon.
Would definitely do it again Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Unique and very special with a few points for improvement In full: Once more what a great race and a special atmosphere. Make the most of the day before at the Quay side with the City Games, the junior runs and the Scenery of the Tyne. Few things to get better, portaloos were grim, and in particular I was disappointed that Powerade choose to give us their new non-calorie drink when I needed full fat sugar!!! Thanks to the Wonderful people of the North East how make it very special in deed Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Well organised and great crowd support - route was a bit dull In full: If I lived closer I would probably do it again. But it's a long way to go to run on dual carriage ways for most of the way. The scenery was dull and not much to see.
The crowds though were great - some of the best support ever.
Compared to London Marathon though, I found it a bit chaotic (especially baggae store) and at the end of the race. Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Another year, another great GNR In full: Long time runner of GNR, I still love it. Yes, it's big, yes slower runners get in your way, and yes, the transport at the end can be a mare. It's not to everyones tastes. But... it was my first half, and I still love it, warts and all. The atmosphere is amazing, the people fantastic, and it's a great day out. Plus this year the sun wasn't shining, which helped me get a new course PB. I'll be back next year. Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Fabulous race !!! In full: Super race,fantastic crowd support and great organisation. REALLY enjoyed my first ever GNR and even managed to "high-five" Declan Donnelly" at the start which set me up nicely for the run. The crowds really were fantastic giving lots of encouragement and various goodies out at many spots around the course. The Red Arrows at South Shields afterwards capped off a really great day out,pity that the downpour came tho. Date of review: September 19, 2010