I love this race, it was the 2nd time for me yesterday. Shame about the head on gail force wind for the last 4, like others was on a PB until that point. Oh well there is always next year.
I will come out in praise of the organisation, I personally don't think you can fault it, the right balance of numbers, and marshalls with excellent communications pre race and organisation on the day and I do appreciate the free goodies in the finish area this year. Well done everyone.
I feel for those without a T, (I did Berlin half last year to find out there was no T - gutted) There are a couple of methods I've seen use, put the size requested at entry on the number, these are matched up/removed when you collect your T - this means you can only collect 1 and in the size your 'ordered' or have a more structured system for collection i.e pre race pick up or bag items up for hand out post race. The cadets handing these out yesterday were under a lot of pressure, they needed more room/further spread out. I'm not sure young boys feel they have the authority to challenge those phaffing about / exchanging sizes whilst trying to keep the line moving.
I will be back next year in search of that elusive PB.
Try Ebay there are aways Great North Run t-shirts listed, also BTR Liverpool, there's a link from the home page with to thier supplier, I got an email from them last week selling off Wirral half/10k spare shirts for £5. Happy hunting.
Try the Berlin half end of March, brilliant city centre route, easyjet flights and loads of good hotels and restaurants - brilliant weekend to be had. I've done this twice and can't recommend it enough.