Great North Run - I give up!

The cost of running

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12/08/2002 at 15:33
I've got a place to run the GNR in October as part of my build up to New York in November. But I give up! The cost of accomodation and the train up from London is extortionate. A real shame, because last year's race was a PB. So I'm off to run Windsor instead.

Anyway, does anyone know if it's possible to hold an entry over till next year. I presume that my place is non-transferable. Thanks in advance!
12/08/2002 at 15:49
Know what you mean. We're doing the same - GNR then NYM but have given up on the accomodation, instead we're sleeping in the car (tiny Golf). I think's NY is cheaper than Newcastle at present! Good luck for NYM
13/08/2002 at 09:50
Try the youth hostels. We did last year and they were fine. Oh and cheap!!
13/08/2002 at 11:12
My wife to be and I are doing NYC as well !
13/08/2002 at 12:42
Good stuff! Is it your first NYC? It is mine. Have read that the route's a lot more hilly than London, which should make those last few miles fun (!)...
13/08/2002 at 12:45
I did GNR last year, travel up from London by train and stayed in a motel on my own for 1 night, cost £150.
Going to Dublin for the marathon in Oct (with the wife), flying from Stanstead, staying in a 4* city center hotel B&B for 2 nights, cost £185, dont add up does it. Hence opted out of GNR in favour of Windsor this year.

13/08/2002 at 12:45
I'm just amazed anyone does the GNR more than once. I did GNR 2000, I liked the route - the miles seemed to slip along quite nicely even though I was slow. But the organisation at start and finish - APPALLING. The London Marathon is not only the best marathon for the race action but the organisation cannot be faulted, the GNR has a lot to learn.
Or perhaps it's all ok now and I just picked a bad year?
13/08/2002 at 12:54
I think you're right about the lack of organisation. Last year anyway. The FLM makes it all look so easy - or maybe we're just a bit spoiled!?
14/08/2002 at 11:33
You should just feel sorry for all those who have to travel the other way round to get to the London marathon. Accommodation would be a lot more expensive, and there is much less available for the bigger marathon race.
14/08/2002 at 11:46
Good point!
14/08/2002 at 12:31
Weeble, that'll be why there's such a demand for places then :-)
14/08/2002 at 13:04
Nirvana Europe are the official accommodation agent for the GNR. In conjunction with Runners World we have chartered a cruise ship for the weekend, partly to counter the attitude of hotels. It`s not cheap, but it is a dinner bed & breakfast rate for 2 nights, includes transfer to & from the race, a Runners World clinic plus a celebrity dinner on Sunday night. Get in touch if you are interested.
14/08/2002 at 16:22
Fair comment weeble..........
14/08/2002 at 20:05
I don't suppose Nirvana Europe know anything about the Calvia Mallorca marathon and half do they?
14/08/2002 at 22:45
Tea and toast man shame on you, honestly i did gnr last year - brilliant no complaints at all, if you want accomodation wait until about 1-2 weeks before then ring round placeslike travel inns/lodges etc, people pull out due to injuries , i booked last year week before. come on guys, everyone enjoys something different about every race so chill. One thing , you can't beat the social element in Newcastle - Why ay Man... p.s I am not a geordie but love them!!!!

15/08/2002 at 01:44
Hi Jojo,

Don't get me wrong - I loved last year's GNR!!! The course and the people were great. (I still think the organisation was a bit, y'know...) It's just sad that everything seems so expensive this year. Travel + accomodation could end up as much as my flight to the NY Marathon! Crazy...

Anyhow, I'll give your suggestion of a last minute ring round a go. Good idea!

Right, it's time this grumpy old bugger went to bed.

Cheers, Lee.
15/08/2002 at 09:10
Good to read your comments jojo. I've done several GNRs and I have to travel up from the deep South(!) but I've loved them all. Atmosphere, etc. is all brilliant and well worth the long trip. I always thought the organisation was excellent but I don't do marathons so can't compare against them.
15/08/2002 at 09:12
P.S. I believe Mike Gratton's sports travel company, LPG, do package deals to the GNR. I used them when they were able to get accommodation at Durham Uni and that was nice and cheap but don't think they use it anymore because of race date change. Think they still do various packages though.
15/08/2002 at 16:00
I've done the GNR for several years now and I think its great. The only pain is trying to get onto the metro at the end, talk about queues!!!
15/08/2002 at 16:32
You don't have to stay in Newcastle itself anyway, if you're travelling by car there are stacks of places which are within 30mins of the start, then just head for a metro station, park your car and use the metro to get to the start and back from the finish.
I've got it easy as we stay with friends near Durham.
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