In short: terrible litter; long wait at start, shambles at end. In full: Certainly an experience run, and I was glad to do it, but no way to get a PB as constantly dodging by walkers. Got very cold waiting before the start and wasn't able to hear the start gun so didn't know the race was on! Date of review: October 3, 2004
In short: Lack of portaloos, signage and glucose drinks was a shame as was dodging slow runners and walkers for practically the whole 13.1 miles - would definitely do it again but start much nearer the front! Date of review: October 3, 2004
In short: Too few portaloos (why??), water stations too late, no electrolyte drinks (or well hidden), I had to zigzag around slow runners for almost 5 miles. Disappointed with organisation(world's biggest half-marathon, must do better!!), but great atmosphere. Date of review: October 3, 2004
In short: An absolutely amazing run - felt quite tearful at the end! In full: My first GNR and had an amazing day. It was frustrating having to try to pass people walking within a couple of miles - made me wish I hadn't been honest (tortoise plod 10 min miles) and had stood nearer the front. Was constantly dodging round slower runners for the whole distance but still had a great day. Date of review: October 3, 2004
In short: World's Biggest Fun Run ! In full: My 1st GNR and although I'm only a plodder(10 min miles) I couldn't believe how people were walking after a couple of miles making it difficult to pass. I even started at the back to avoid getting in faster runners way but I now wish I'd moved nearer the front. But worth doing for the experience and could possibly be persuaded to do again.
In short: Too much waiting around at start but worth it at the end. In full: Runners need to be strictly lined up according to their speed as its very unhelpful when at the 1st mile marker runners in front need to walk! And my start position was correct, 7.5 min mile marker. Make the fat slow ones start at the back!!!!!!!!!!!!! Date of review: October 2, 2004
In short: GNS Great North Spectacle In full: Too many slower ranked people starting too far up the field then holding up the people who want to run all the way, no room from start to finish, but still a great spectacle Date of review: October 2, 2004
In short: It's the the Great North Run In full: The price keeps going up & up & before long people are going to think is it really worth it?. I think Brendon Foster thinks its the FLM but sadly it isn't. Truthfully apart from the Tyne Bridge the course is a long stretch of boring asphalt. But it is the only chance people like me will get to take part in a world sporting event, as as I'm a Northerner & proud of it I suppose I'll keep coming back. Date of review: October 2, 2004