In short: Superb organising, superb support, superb value for money, all round superb event. An event clearly organised by runners for runners! In full: A small but great race and I'm sure one that will grow as it's superb reputation of organisation and friendleness spreads throughout the running world. Couldn't fault a thing, right from the great entry price of £15, the regular and enthusiastic support on the day and great facilities from free parking only seconds from the start/ finish line through to the dry and warm facilities of the local cafe opened for the runners and serving hot drinks provided to all finishers free via a finishing voucher. Great prizes also including 1st, 2nd, 3rd tropies for every 5 year age group.
And I loved the 5 lap thing! A great test of pacing power and mental stickability.
Well done everyone involved you need a pat on the back. Date of review: November 4, 2011
In short: fantastic marshalls In full: second time here and thankfully was better than last year. a great multi-lap marathon around the moor with drinks a plenty and absolutely great upbeat marshalls. an absolute bargain entry fee of £15 and I would highly recommend this marathon to anyone. thanks to George/Jim and everyone else who helps put this marathon on, excellent work. Date of review: November 4, 2011
In full: A well organised race with great marshalls, must have been terrible for them standing about in the cold, yet they were all positive and encouraging throughout. A good atmosphere and an enjoyable day. Date of review: December 12, 2010
In short: Well organised, friendly atmosphere, cold & wet! In full: Despite the horrible weather I really enjoyed the race. Good organisation, friendly atmosphere & marshalls were brilliant, spending 5 hours in the freezing cold. Didn't mind the multiple laps. Just wish it was a few weeks earlier to get warmer weather. Even so got a PB. Date of review: November 24, 2010
In short: A proper race In full: Great to have a non-corporate event in a part of the country with few marathons. The weather is unlikely to be good at this time of year but it adds to the challenge and it's a genuinely enjoyable, well organised race. Definitely one to return to. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: A great marathon, for marathoners by marathoners. Please don't change it! In full: A brilliantly organised race and a really enjoyable race. The weather is a real challenge and put pay o any PB. The multi lap course while criticised by some really works, it's a different challenge to a point to point or a single loop. This challenge requires a different mental attitude which adds to the appeal. Please George do it again next year and keep the course the same. The marshals were outstanding. Well done Date of review: November 27, 2009
In short: A real tough cookie, especially if it's windy In full: I fond this 5 lap course very challenging. The moor is harsh when it's windy, which it was. A November date for the race meant it was sodding freezing too, but despite all of this there was a great sense of camaraderie in the very small field of runners, and the support from spectators was excellent.
The lapped nature of the race made it good for working out just how much more pain you had left to endure ;) Date of review: November 25, 2009
In short: Newcastle Town Moor Marathon - A great addition to the marathon calendar! In full: A fast and flat 5 lap course if the weather conditions are good. However, a part of Newcastle exposed to the elements in November made this marathon attritional, particularly that grass section grind in a headwind, and a couple of other sections on the course where you had to grit your teeth as you got a bit of a battering as the wind strengthened - and you had to face it five times!
I personally love multi-lap events - knowing what's ahead and having to then work out a race strategy to deal with it. The circuit was varied and always something to see of interest, with runners passing each other on the regular switchbacks and dog-legs. The format also allowed you to build up a rapport with those hardly marshals and drinks station helpers - a couple of the marshals were stationed right in the teeth of the wind and we were grateful for their sacrifice and support throughout. The Fetchpoint was also a high point with their vocal support and material assistance in the form of jelly-babies. There were also locals and supporters dotted around the route to cheers us on which was really needed, especially on those difficult 3rd and 4th laps.
This was a small and runner-orientated event. For a debut event, the organisers got everything right - low key but spot on. Alot of people were passionately behind the event and were very welcoming to all the competitors. Lovely race momento, and numerous age-category prizes to cap a grat day off.
I do hope this event returns next year, and thanks again to NEVAC and all the other clubs involved. Date of review: November 24, 2009