In short: A race of two halves In full: The Pros: "fast" and flat down the portway. plenty drinks and the lucozade helped. great crowd support in the rain to lift the moral. matched my best (and only other!) half mararathon time in the Great North from 10 years ago. Start Finish area had plenty goign on, loved the Asics video treadmills.
The Cons. split start - I was in the second start (my predicted time on entry: 1hr 45, I ran 1:45:05) and spent the last 5 miles running through crowds of slower runners from the first start - had they fibbed about finish times? Timing chips - thank god I laced mine up. COBBLES COBBLES COBBLES COBBLES COBBLES. which is single footedly blame for the pain in my left foot, or should I say Peroneal Tendon. COBBLES thats a month off running then. Agree with others that the centre section is winding and hilly too and as such not the fastet course I've run at all. Date of review: September 8, 2010