In short: Very well organised despite dodgy "energy" drinks In full: My 6th consecutive GNR and my fastest and most enjoyable ever. I have run The London Marathon twice and other major races and this has to be the best organised I have ever experienced.
My only spat with this year's event was the revolting Powerade Zero given out as an "energy" drink on the course. It is zero calorie, aspartame laced rubbish that made me feel sick. Given the amount of partially drunk, discarded bottles at the roadside, I wasn't the only runner to feel this way! Date of review: September 29, 2010
In short: Knocked 6 minutes off last year. 2hrs 11! In full: Still an amazing race. A lot cooler than last year which helped. More loos needed at the start would be my only criticism. Date of review: September 29, 2010
In short: As ever the people of the NE win the day In full: well run from start to finish and a gerat day out . Too busy as ever but then again you cant win them all ! Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Iconic Event for a reason! In full: I have never known any event carry such a spine tingling atmosphere. This is a unique running experience and everybody has to do it at least once. The route is tougher than you would expect for such a beginner friendly run, so beware if chasing a PB: this course will hurt! Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: GNR 4 - the best yet! In full: this was my 4th and i enjoyed this more than i have enjoyed the previous ones. i didn't get a pb or a pw but enjoyed my run. as usual, it was a great day! Date of review: September 27, 2010
In full: Excellent support, atmosphere is so good, organisation is excellent. If you only ever do one half marathon this is the one to do. Yes there are issues, but however bad you feel when you cross the line after a few hours you what to do again next year !! Well done to all those that helped organise the whole thing and a big well done to all those that completed the race ! Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: My First Ever HM And I was realistic with my race time In full: This was my first ever half marathon and as much a personal challenge as anything. I am so glad I chose this race for my first ever event. And I am also glad I selected I realistic time to run it in, back in block K (pink zone) or some 1km behind Haile Gebrselassie or 35 minutes after the race start.
Completed in 2.37 which was the time I had hoped for. I didnt know when I applied what standard I would get up to in training, and sadly with an injury 6 weeks before the run its a time I am proud of.
To new runners, be honest with the time, enjoy the experience and do the training. An amazing atmosphere and the people of the north east are an amazing bunch of supporters to keep you going. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Very emotional to see all these people raising money for charity In full: Got to the race start really early and spent 2.5hrs looking at people's costumes. Was overwhelmed by the size of the who thing. Really good atmosphere. For once there were plenty of toilets (which is not the case at some other races I have been to) and even some loo paper! Very emotional to see everyone was running for charity and in some cases in memory of someone. Didn't manage a PB and I was surprised by the hilliness of the terrain. Was mumbling under by breath during the last 2 miles (they were killers) and only managed the last 800m by sheer gritting of teeth. Pity about the weather and especially the rain at the end. Wasn't much fun for those waiting at the finish line. Hope to be back next year and in costume! Date of review: September 25, 2010
In short: Fantastic atmosphere made 13.1 mile go very quickly enjoyable instead of painfull In full: My first time at this event and i would love to become a regular. From the start i felt part of something special from showing great respect to Troops in wheel of stell race which was very emotional to joining in the race warm up. The run seemed to go very quickly which was mainly down to the spectators cheering you on and the cheering zones and constant music playing. Even on quiet parts of the run we passed the time with choruses of "hoggy hoggy hoggy" "oi oi oi".I was very pleased with my time of 2 hours 11 mins just 4 mins outside my personal best.The only downside i can think off was that i took me longer to get from the finish line to the ferry and on the ferry than it did to run the race.I can appreciate this though considering the amount of people there but it was hard to take for my wife who came to watch. We stayed in Whitley Bay and had a great weekend travelling about on Metro so did not need the car once we were at digs. Overall i had a fantastic time and would return every year if i get the chance. Date of review: September 24, 2010