JJ8 - If I were you I'd park at a Metro station on the Sunderland - Newcastle - Airport line, catch the Metro to the start (I caught one at 09:20 this year from East Boldon Metro Station), gets you to the start for around 10:05. Then you return on the Metro from South Shields, change at Pelaw back on to the Sunderland - Newcastle line (the Green one on the Metro map) and you're back at your car and better still clear of all of the post run trafic and straight on to the A19 or A1 south.
Yorkshire Random, great news, pleased to hear it. Offer of getting you back to Londgenuine for real and I did worry about you walking back to town - at least for the first pint! Well done on the run, hopefully see you next year.
Shielsy, he didn't look optimistic, but was certainly heading that way despite my offer. I'm lucky, my wife's cousin lives near the finish line, so I drop a bag off with him ahead of the race and always put my house key and beer money in the bag.
Starting to think that I need to join a running club if I'm going to crack 1:40 - just not sure which one (work in Newcastle, live in near South Shields) and whether or not sporadic attendance (through work and kid commitments) will be frowned on. Will start research on internet.
Now need to find a race or two somewhere local between now and the Half Marathon of the North in April. Criteria are; start and finish with easy access by public transport from Newcastle/South Shields so I can rehydrate properly after the finish.
I thought it was fantastic yesterday. The crowds, despite the weather, were tremendous, there seemed to be more people out than I'd seen before. Managed 1hr 40 and a tantalising 50 secs, marginally slower than last year, but given my lack of training, not too bad and I know the 1:40 barrier is there to be broken - next year.
Felt sorry for the guy I met as I headed to the pub, he was just about to set off walking to Newcastle to try and find his car key, that he'd dropped somewhere between Gosforth and South Shields. He declined my offer or a trip to the pub and getting him on a train home, hope he found his keys, London's a long walk after a run like the GNR!
KPO - great look! my winter kit's still in the loft, so it is a MacMillan vest and shorts for me, regardless of the weather. I've changed my usual pre race habit of pancetta and pasta and had steak with green salad and jacket potato, interested to see if it makes any difference.