Sail Round The BUPA Great North Run In Style

Join Runner's World on board The Queen of Scandinavia for the world's largest half-marathon


Posted: 20 August 2002

If you're running this year's BUPA Great North Run, come and join the RUNNER'S WORLD team aboard the The Queen of Scandinavia for some comfort, coaching and camaraderie.

Many hotels in and around Newcastle are already booked up for the October race, so why not sample the splendour of a luxury flagship equipped with a swimming pool and sauna - plus shops, bars, restaurants and a disco.

The 1500-berth flagship is the largest vessel ever to be sailed up the Tyne. It will be moored just 20 minutes from the start, and there'll be coaches providing transport to the start and back from the finish.

As well as two nights of bed and breakfast, the package includes a pre-race pasta meal and a RUNNER'S WORLD clinic and forum the night before.

On Saturday October 5, the RUNNER'S WORLD staff will be on board to answer all your running queries at three seminars. These will be held in the auditorium at 6.30pm, 7.45pm and 9pm. Space is limited (230 places), and allocation of seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis. RUNNER’S WORLD’s experts will be on hand to guide you over your last 18 hours before the race, and give you a mile-by-mile guide to the race itself. Following the talks there will be a question-and-answer session, and medical experts and someone to answer general queries about travel arrangements will also be on hand.

On race day RUNNER’S WORLD will have the following pace groups: Sub-1:30 with Sean Fishpool, Steve Smythe and Rob Spedding; Sub-1:45 with Steven Seaton and Oliver Roberts; and ‘Get You Round’ run-walk group with Pauline Carter, Nicola Freeman and Catherine Perry. (They will be anticipating a finish around 2:30 and will run five minutes and walk one minute.)

The pacers will assemble a little in front of the anticipated time signs. The pacers will themselves be carrying a large banner with signs, indicating their target times. The pacers will run with florescent yellow sticks, and wear RUNNER’S WORLD pacing vests. They will attempt to run as evenly as possible. However, because of the large numbers running, it is inevitable that the sub-1:30 and sub-1:45 groups will need to go faster than target pace to make up for time lost crossing the line and congestion in the early miles.

Once you've finished, showered and changed, it's time to slip into something more comfortable for the celebrity dinner.

The Details

Package includes:

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast on board The Queen of Scandinavia

Saturday, October 5

  • Pre-race pasta meal
  • RUNNER'S WORLD clinic and forum

Sunday, October 6

  • Transport to the race start and from the finish
  • Post-race analysis with the RUNNER'S WORLD staff
  • Celebrity dinner

Prices from £129 to £199

How to book

Telephone 0191-293 6592 to book or for more information; or visit Nirvana Europe for details.


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As above good luck to all runners in the Great North Run in a couple of weeks.

Special wishes to all the fundraisers - last year over £8 million was raised for charity with 42% of the 40,000 runners raising funds for charity.

Now the shameless plug - if you are running for charity and want to focus on your last minute training and not on collecting money - check out our site below where you can get a free sponsorship webpage where you can collect funds online.

FREE fundraising webpages for the Great North Run.

All the best once again.
Posted: 23/09/2002 at 15:06

Fantastic I can't spell - how embarrassing

Here's the correct link for the fundraising pages.

Sorry.
Posted: 23/09/2002 at 15:11

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