In short: Too many participants In full: Badly organised start for the "white" numbers who were a mixture of runners, walkers and those in fancy dress. Discarded black bags could have resulted in somebody tripping and falling flat bringing others down- would the 20,000 folowing on behind have been able to avoid trampling them? Also the race started too late - I had breakfast at 06.30 in order to be sure of getting to the start - no nutrition on the course and no water until 3 miles. So by the time I finished I had not eaten for 7 hrs. True I could have been better organised but how many others were like me - plenty I would guess. There were far too many participants.I spent the entire race trying to get around walkers and very slow runners. Maybe those who want to do a good personal time (however slow) should get away from the start before the fun runners and the size of the field should be limited to say 25,000. According to my wife who was a spectator the metro could barely cope and getting to the finish, including the walk from the southshields station, took 2 hrs from the airport. At the 3rd stop the train was crammed to capacity (600) and unable to take any more on board for the rest of the journey. Date of review: September 23, 2005
In short: 1st time runner had surprised myself In full: swimmer not a runner, got a chance to run due to somebody dropping out 3 days before the race, thoughts are with the family of the ones who lost their lives. Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Such a big event that I am glad that I ran it In full: I was lucky enough to be allowed to start at the front, so I didn't have the problems with crowds that others had and ran a respectable 1:24. Atmosphere and Red Arrows were great, but it is so expensive and so much effort getting to the start an hour early, and getting home from South Shields that I'll leave it a few years before returning. The London Marathon is a superior event in every way. Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Too darn hot! In full: Apart from the weather everything was fantastic. Yes there were walkers but I'd rather have seen a lot more walkers than a lot more people getting medical assistance (very upsetting). On the day the conditions were pretty hard for some people and I think took quite a few by surprise. It was my first time at the GNR (1st 1/2 in fact) and I was surprised by the continual upward and downward slopes and distinct lack of any nice flat stretches. I was lucky enough not to get nudged or jostled or if I did I didn't notice, worst thing for me was dodging the empty water bottles both on the ground and being hurled through the air to the sides of the road! Date of review: September 22, 2005
In short: Excellent Atmosphere. In full: My first half marathon and i can say that it has definately encouraged me to continue with the longer distances.
The only thing that buggs me about the race is some of the reviews on here.....It's for Charity!! people of all abilities are out there to raise money for people who can't run it for themselves and people are inconsiderate enough to complain that they were walking! If you want to try and do a PB then make sure you qualify for the elite athlete entry or at lease get to the fron and give some of these people the encouragement they deserve.
Overall a brilliant day, the spectators were amazing, setting up their own water and shower stations and handing out sweets and ice-pops on route.
In short: crowds are great In full: the GNR has been going for 25 years, but it really could learn a lot in terms of Orginisation for the London Marathon. You have to be there very early to get to the baggage buses , when you get to the end the buses are order. South shields is nightmare to get away from 1 hour wait for the metro back to Newcastle. The £34 entry fee is very high compared with £26 for london and it now all down to a ballot to get in. And Brendon Foster calls it the people's race,sorry but its now the Charities race (20,000) places at £350 to raise in sponsenship Date of review: September 22, 2005