In short: Fantastic atmosphere, especially at the start & during the last mile.However there MUST be a better way of dealing with the people who insist on walking within a few hundred metres of the start! In full: The surprise heat was definately a factor in me doing a worse time than last year. However I am pleased to have done 25th London & 25th GNR this year. This year's run was not as enjoyable as last year due to the heat & the fact that there were so many people requiring medical attention during the last 3 miles which was distressing to witness. Like everyone else I was shocked to later hear of the fatalities & my thoughts & deepest sympathy go to the family & friends of those concerned. As far as 'walkers' are concerned I have NO problem whatsoever with people wanting to walk some or all of the event - after all this more than any other run is all about taking part.However,please can somrthing be done by the organisers (& the walkers themselves) to be considerate to those who do want to try & run the whole way. Starting nearer the front & walking before the Tyne Bridge is not acceptable & shows a total lack of consideration to other participants. A 'walkers lane' for those who need to slow down for a breather wouldn't be a bad idea either. Could a staggered start also be considered? This works very successfully in the Great South Run. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Had I taken up running earlier in life it wouldn't have been my 1st time this year. Hurt like hell but very rewarding for me, will be there next year with bells on!!! Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: a must for all runners!!! In full: The GNR is a very well planned run with plenty of water stops, toilets, showers etc. A great run for people of all abilities. dont expect to run a personal best, too many people to run through!! Cant wait to do it again. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Too many walkers at start, good crowd support In full: As others have commented, too many walkers at the start, how did they get to the front!! Great views on the last mile along the front, good support from crowds. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Make it the great north run one day and the great north walk the next day and I will return, thought the start was abismal with all the walkers Nice to see water station run out when I came to it. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: My first great north run and an event I'll always remember. In full: This is the first time I have run over ten miles and I did find it a bit hard going towards the end - finished just outside 2 hours. There were a lot of walkers to avoid during the early stages and I found the wait at the start quite long - good to see the ashes though. Aiming to get under 2 hours next year, but must remember to take a bin liner or space blanket to the start to keep warm, drink loads in case it as hot again and start a little further forward to avoid the walkers.
On the whole a great day, but very sad to hear afterwards about the four who had died. I hope the chap I saw sitting at the roadside within the last 800m made it to the finish. Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Glad to have run it, but never again. Too many people and not enough road In full: Thank goodness for chip timings, 20 mins to cross the start. Thousands upon thousands of walkers all starting (seemingly) right at the front, think I spent more time running sideways than forwards. On a more positive note, atmosphere is fantastic and glad I've completed the event Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Very tough this year due to weather In full: Despite having trained more than any previous year I found this the toughest due to the fact it went from being so cold I was shaking two hours before the start to being so sunny that I ended up very dehydrated. Unfortunately as always there was the people who feel the need to walk after half a mile starting near the front - why can't they show a consideration and start near the back! Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Toughest one yet due to the weather!!! In full: Boy was this harder than last year!!!!! It seems that everyone i've spoken too struggled after the 10 mile mark. This can only be down to the weather and i would suggest that energy drink, gels or salts be available to replenish what had been lost. Many thanks though to the families who provided support and refreshments along the route especially the kids with the ice pops on what was one of the hottest days ever witnessed in Sept. More like mid to late 20's than 18c. As previously mentioned my condolences to the families of the four who sadly passed away. Still hope to be back next year tho'