In short: Too many people In full: I foolishly hoped for a PB and ended up disappointed. The course itself is OK, although pretty uninspiring along dual carriageways. Big problem was the crowds; I've never been so jostled or manhandled by such a huge number of strangers, and not a single word of apology or even acknowledgement. I certainly didn't get a feeling of the legendary atmosphere of such an event. Most people seemed pretty zoned out in their own world and impatient of others getting in their way. I saw a number of tumbles, some pretty nasty. I actually found it fairly stressful, which is something I've not experienced before in any organised race.
The locals, on the other hand, were superb - setting up makeshift stalls by the side of the road, handing out water, ice pops, encouragement, oranges and hosings. All were extremely welcome in the heat. Organisation also seemed to be good, although I didn't need to use the toilets or the baggage facilities which other people have complained about. Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: An experience of a life time! In full: From; the scene of 50000+ runners at the beginning to the rainbows made by the sprinkers in the middle to the red arrows display at the end, a great day. I'll be back! Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Great Run = Great Fun In full: I do like the atmosphere of this race. To be part of an immense group egged on by the fantastic bands and crowds is fantastic. For the third time since I started doing this race I was on the Tyne bridge as the Red Arrows roared past overhead. It makes a real festive atmosphere. This is not a PB race. You will never really find out how fast you can go as you will always find yourself hemmed in and in danger of tripping over someone or a discarded bottle but hey, just go with it and enjoy the ride. Talk to people, brush the hands of strangers and play spot the runners in fancy dress as you cruise along. Enjoy it... Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Third time! In full: This was my third GNR and loved it!
there were few minuses - lack of enough toilets! powerade not nice and bottle too big! BUPA power mile - no jelly babies. i was really looking forward to them! and one celebrity runner should not wear her name on her back if she can't take people supporting her on.
i ran a PB despite the heat and crowds. I hope next year some people consider others when runnign past - shoving others to get passed is not polite. we are british after all. i will be back next year with bells on! (not literally!)
big question still is: Sting? Why? Why? Why? Date of review: September 22, 2009
In short: Too crowded for a PB for me In full: Fantastic event, fantastic atmosphere and incredible organisation. I was hoping for sub 2 hours but could never get enough space to stretch out - didn't spoil it though. Next time I'll try to start nearer the front! Date of review: September 22, 2009