Great North RunListed by knoxy
, North Shields NE29 UK
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|(Mama) Pigeon||Anstey Amblers and Runners||1:52:47||2:22:35||2:30:00||2:25:18||45.31|
|154 Rob||Tyne Bridge Harriers||1:22:47||1:37:19||1:37:19||60.87|
|Alex B||Fareham Crusaders||1:38:26||1:45:51||1:45:51||56.40|
|B Rubble||Dursley Running Club||1:25:12||1:31:56||1:35:00||1:36:12||64.67|
|Becfleck||Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC||1:50:08||2:13:42||2:19:40||47.14|
|beders||Ilkley Harriers AC||1:42:38||1:43:38||2:04:48||53.22|
|BenDy||Bishops Stortford RC||1:44:01||1:45:15||1:55:00||1:47:53||54.92|
|Bettsy||Norwich Road Runners||1:18:26||1:20:50||1:30:36||65.66|
|Beware Of The Fish||Datchet Dashers||1:25:15||1:41:48||1:42:12||61.85|
|Big Hag||Aycliffe Running Club||1:42:46||1:59:56||1:50:00||1:59:56||50.01|
|BigG||North Yorks Moors AC||1:17:26||1:17:26||1:18:00||1:17:26||76.51|
|BigMac9||Scottish Veteran Harriers Club||1:40:32||1:45:05||1:53:35||59.45|
|biru||Edinburgh Athletic Club||1:16:06||1:20:07||1:25:00||1:25:09||69.58|
|Brad22||Hoad Hill Harriers||1:24:42||1:24:42||1:37:31||67.54|
|Caution contains mild peril||Blackhill Bounders, Derwent Valley Trail Runners||1:43:17||2:26:53||2:26:53||40.32|
|Chazzee||Serpentine RC, Westbury Harriers||1:23:18||1:29:00||1:55:00||51.52|
|CheekyP||Gade Valley Harriers||1:25:01||1:40:00||1:45:00||56.40|
|chelsian||Epsom Oddballs RC||2:08:31||2:12:00||2:13:00||44.62|
|Chin||Team Green, Tividale Trotters||1:25:30||1:28:36||1:30:16||68.35|
|chipn||Heaton Harriers & AC||1:34:07||1:52:14||1:52:14||52.98|
|comanda||Nidd Valley Road Runners||1:47:30||2:10:00||2:15:00||2:10:00||53.24|
|Corky 23||Cheltenham & County Harriers||1:28:42||1:44:00||1:44:00||56.94|
|Cormorant||Cranleigh Tortoise & Hare Runners||1:35:24||1:35:24||1:45:00||1:44:41||63.45|
|craigj||Norfolk Harriers Running Club||1:37:36||1:52:14||1:52:14||52.76|
|Dave29||Bishops Stortford RC||1:40:36||2:03:57||2:08:24||46.15|
|DaveG||Birkenhead Athletic Club, Strathearn Harriers||1:38:25||2:04:37||2:04:37||47.54|
|Deb||Hermitage Harriers RC||2:23:05||2:23:05|
|dizzi||Dulwich Park Runners||1:52:53||1:56:52||1:55:00||1:56:52||57.03|
|dja75||Vegetarian Cycling & AC, VEGAN RUNNERS UK, Tyne Bridge Harriers||1:28:33||1:43:56||1:43:56||56.98|
|Drew76||Stubbington Green Runners||1:41:58||2:09:00||2:14:00||44.20|
|Durbat||Killamarsh Kestrels RC, Tickhill Velo||1:46:51||1:47:11||1:45:00||1:57:01||54.90|
|E||Bedford Harriers AC||1:57:39||2:06:03||2:06:03||57.88|
|Elkcib||Redway Runners, Fitmk||1:26:51||2:03:46||2:03:46||47.85|
|EmilyJ||Wallsend Harriers AC||1:41:28||1:59:49||1:59:49||54.95|
|Emmie-Lou||Hermitage Harriers RC||2:31:17||2:40:00||2:40:00||41.17|
|Fat Boy||Carnegie Harriers||1:12:31||1:19:20||1:21:27||74.61|
|Fat Man Runs||Unaffiliated||1:48:32||1:48:32||2:16:51||43.36|
|Firestarter||Hermitage Harriers RC||1:26:36||1:30:35||1:41:45||62.63|
|Follow The Bear||Unaffiliated||1:54:29||2:13:53||2:30:00||2:13:53||44.25|
|Forest Faerie||Thetford AC||1:43:35||2:08:53||2:08:53||52.87|
|GAZGIB||Bracknell Forest Runners||1:35:38||1:41:17||2:00:00||2:09:01||46.27|
|GettingThere||Bedford Harriers AC||1:33:33||1:41:20||2:01:01||50.60|
|Ghilington Super Doggy No.1||Unaffiliated||1:53:16||2:17:08||2:30:00||2:17:08||43.20|
|Gibster||Stainland Lions RC||1:42:59||1:52:45||1:55:00||1:52:45||56.03|
|gilbank||Pickering Running Club||1:29:15||1:35:17||1:35:17||62.28|
|gosbag||New Marske Harriers AC||1:27:47||1:29:34||1:31:34||70.72|
|gray||Cranleigh Tortoise & Hare Runners||1:50:59||1:57:16||2:00:00||2:22:40|
|Grey Badger||Northumberland Fell Runners||1:22:00||1:22:00||1:28:00||1:28:52||73.50|
|handyfeet||Heaton Harriers & AC||1:24:57||1:46:49||1:46:49||57.31|
|Is@@c||Stockport Harriers & AC||1:26:48||1:30:57||1:30:00||1:33:23||66.62|
|james6161||Billingham Marsh House Harriers & AC||1:31:00||1:38:00||1:41:57||62.99|
|Jenson||esk vally fell club||1:44:46||1:51:57||1:51:57||58.89|
|Jocky||Swinton Running Club||1:25:32||1:25:32||1:33:00||1:29:45||69.87|
|jonah||Stockport Harriers & AC||1:21:43||1:24:00||1:27:02||72.63|
|joolzs||Eccleshill Road Runners||1:53:28||2:41:42||2:41:42||44.07|
|K9||Heaton Harriers & AC||1:33:08||1:36:30||1:36:30||69.07|
|Karate Chop||Chorlton Runners||2:10:49||2:57:16||2:30:00||2:57:16||37.14|
|Kev Scone||Howgill Harriers||1:48:39||1:55:06||2:00:00||2:02:43||48.47|
|Kwaka||Stockport Harriers & AC||1:39:50||1:44:51||1:40:00||1:56:49||54.55|
|Lakes||Bedford Harriers AC, Rushden Runners||1:59:27||1:59:58||2:19:20||46.11|
|LambChop||Hermitage Harriers RC||1:55:56||2:22:24||2:30:00||2:29:02||44.24|
|Lisrun||100 Marathon Club, Elvet Striders, North East Marathon Club||1:42:36||1:42:36||3:07:14||37.37|
|loucass||Dirty Daps, Muddy Tracks||2:11:45||2:11:45||2:11:45||49.97|
|Lucky Jim||White City (Hull) RRC||1:35:58||1:37:17||1:43:03||67.90|
|makkem||Barnet & District AC, Westbury Harriers||1:19:12||2:03:07||1:50:30||2:03:07||52.62|
|Metal Martin||Thorney Running Club, Thorney RC||1:47:37||2:16:16||2:16:16||45.65|
|Mick the slug||Heaton Harriers & AC||1:48:37||1:50:00||2:01:17||52.10|
|Middleman||North East Marathon Club||1:34:01||1:44:08||1:40:00||1:44:08||57.10|
|Miss Sweden||North Shields Polytechnic AC||1:55:02||2:09:02||2:10:00||2:09:02||51.17|
|mohawk sop||Barnsley Harriers||1:40:15||2:23:10||2:30:00||2:23:10||41.36|
|Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)||Kettering Town Harriers, Road Runners Club||1:31:50||1:56:13||1:54:00||1:59:03||66.07|
|Northern Exile||Harrogate Harriers & AC||1:38:25||1:38:30||1:42:00||1:44:38||60.91|
|oldbirdhead||Winchester & District AC||1:23:16||1:29:07||1:35:00||1:36:30||61.49|
|Pigpen||Striders of Croydon AC||2:13:40||2:37:33||2:37:33|
|Pintsize||Bedford Harriers AC||1:45:06||1:50:07||2:20:40||51.24|
|PLJ||Wallsend Harriers AC||1:21:33||1:59:49||1:59:49||49.42|
|redbrads1||Sale Harriers Manchester||1:22:03||1:58:57||1:58:57||49.78|
|Rhino||Trail Running Association||1:44:00||1:52:12||2:05:05||52.63|
|richardskillen||Kilmarnock Harriers & AC||1:31:33||1:31:33||1:43:22||57.52|
|Rick OShay||Harvel Hash House Harriers||1:40:08||1:52:00||2:00:00||1:52:00||54.26|
|Roxykit||Ashford and District RRC||2:44:27||3:18:49||3:18:49||40.08|
|Rubberman||Hermitage Harriers RC||1:31:12||1:37:18||1:35:00||1:37:18||62.01|
|RunFatBoyDunn||North Shields Polytechnic AC||1:39:38||1:56:01||1:56:01||51.68|
|Runner Martin||Redway Runners||1:38:46||1:44:43||1:51:56||58.85|
|Runner5||Lincoln & District Runners||2:19:56||2:42:18||2:25:00||2:42:18||39.58|
|Running Beard||Elvet Striders||1:40:38||1:40:38||1:50:00||1:40:38||63.33|
|saintjason||Sale Harriers Manchester||1:19:14||1:38:52||1:38:52||59.91|
|sanddancer||Vale of Aylesbury AC||2:13:40||2:17:00||2:00:00||2:51:03||35.27|
|Scrumpy Jack||Hermitage Harriers RC||2:24:16||2:24:16||2:30:00|
|shorty25||York Knavesmire Harriers||1:43:05||1:43:29||1:45:49||62.22|
|SJS||Tynedale Harriers & AC||1:45:01||1:51:01||1:50:00||1:51:01||59.30|
|Slickchicks||York Knavesmire Harriers||1:28:54||1:50:31||1:50:31||53.82|
|Slow and Ultra Steady||Ipswich JAFFA RC||1:39:10||2:11:16||2:11:16||45.21|
|Spotty Dog||Newport & District RC, Newport Shropshire Cycling Club||1:45:54||2:13:16||2:44:00||2:13:16||44.48|
|The Mighty OFK||Quakers RC||1:39:02||1:48:05||2:00:00||1:49:12||58.80|
|therunningpostie||Skegness & District Running Club||1:34:53||2:12:00||2:00:00||2:12:00||50.30|
|tim77||White City (Hull) RRC||1:48:59||2:14:22||2:14:22||44.08|
|Tino||North Shields Polytechnic AC||1:25:25||1:35:24||1:35:24||62.20|
|tramps||Saffron Striders RC||1:30:31||1:36:29||1:33:30||1:37:18||62.45|
|TriGuy||Hermitage Harriers RC||1:43:46||1:52:38||1:52:38||52.69|
|Vi Ninety Day Challenge||Burton AC||2:14:27||2:20:11||2:15:00||2:37:56||37.66|
|Vicki: Graceless Whippet||Jarrow & Hebburn AC||1:42:06||1:46:26||1:46:00||1:46:26||62.39|
|WineRunner52||Road Runners Club||1:29:23||1:51:03||1:51:03||62.46|
|YB||North East Veterans AC||1:49:04||1:51:57||1:51:57||55.99|
|zak n cody||Unaffiliated||1:39:43||1:39:43||1:41:11||60.06|
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Hollywood's GNR report...<BR>
Hotel on Saturday night was interesting... classy kind of joint... remind me to check next time I book a hotel that it doesn't run a needle exchange.<BR>
Race on Sunday was rather well organised 10 minute delay to the start wasn't a nice surprise when we were already trapped inside the assembly barriers... could see a few peeps were desparate for a pee but there was no way out. Being in red start was nice for me - just 35 seconds from the gun to me crossing the start line was a nice surprise. Shiraz back in the second green pen had somewhat more of a battle though...<BR>
First mile felt slow but was still sub-8 - the organisers did put a few charity and celeb runners up in front of everyone else which was a tad daft really.<BR>
Stuffed up the photo opportunity on the Tyne bridge - sadly I was about a minute and a half ahead of the red arrows... I maybe should of hung around to get in the picture with them...<BR>
Then the race was more up and down than I'd really expected... and the weather was gawgeous - definitely unexpected.<BR>
Got through half way in about 47 minutes. Perfect.<BR>
Spotted some kids having fun throwing bottles of water at peeps just after one of the water stations... got myself a full 500ml bottle... got within 50 cm of one of them... and supersoaked the little lovely's face... really really satisfying :o) (but probably makes me a big bully)<BR>
Just before eight miles, K9 sped up alongside me, said hello, then only 7 days after her Berlin marathon she zoomed off ahead - I briefly tried to catch her, but there was no way I was keeping up and she was off. Sorry I couldn't make more conversation! (And more of a race of it too!)<BR>
Between 9 and 10 miles my right knee went. I kind of knew it was coming. Had deliberately taken two weeks off to give it a chance, but clearly Almere is still with me... Shame as I went through mile 10 in 1:12:07 which meant I was in the hunt for a PB... Miles 11 and 12 were hard - had plenty in my lungs and heart but every right leg landing was painful. Tried all sorts of compensation strategies with my left leg but I think they generally made it worse... Knew from Almere and from recent training runs that stopping and walking would mean I wouldn't be able to restart... Sorely tempted by the Hash Harriers refereshment station - offering "the last beer for 13 miles" :-)... Accepted that GNR was my last big race of the year - mentally said farewell to Abingdon which freed me up for a final little trot....<BR>
So Mile 13 was fast - dropped down on to the sea front, found a sudden mass of crowd support and discovered a long flat road. Clocked 6:45 for this mile (whereas mile 11 had been over 8 minutes)... Got over the finish line in 1:35:39 and immediately I stopped running my right knee said no more. <BR>
Shiraz meanwhile was nipping along quite nicely. She did have quite a bit more crowd to contend with, but her legs and lungs also reminded her that she's not really run-trained that seriously since FLM... She got over the line in 1:48:01 - more than four minutes off her PB, but she's done GNR now so she's happy.<BR>
Overall I quite enjoyed the big race atmosphere, found the organisation generally slick and good, enjoyed the post race entertainment and red arrows display, didn't have too many problems with the crowds (I really liked the red start), I hope I've finally beaten Gordon Ramsey in a race (it's been way too long coming) and if I'd been injury free then a PB would have been very achievable (I was less than 40 seconds off). Can't see me making the trip up to Newcastle very regularly though - the cost and hassle involved is too much - it took over 7 hours to drive home though the traffic.
A slight improvement over Bristol two weeks previously but my various injuries and consequent lack of training continue to take their toll. 'Sorry' to anyone who bet on me
It is a great race, if a bit like trying to run in Harrod's sale - you're weaving in, out and away all the time - and with an eccentric baggage system. Great support - is it true some Geordie said as 50,000 people ran past him 'There must be a job in South Shields'? It was fantastic to catch sight of the sea and know that you were near the finish; it was less fantastic trying to get back - it took longer being driven back from South Shields to Newcastle than it had to run from Newcastle to South Shields. I felt OK, though I hadn't really trained properly and felt the pens had more or less worked. I'd love to do this event again.
Had a great race apart from being full of cold. Had to stop twice between 4&5m to stertch my calf's as they were very sore. But overall very pleased after a bad couple of races previously.
Felt fairly comfortable all the way round and didn't really push it.
will run faster in other halfs so just tried to enjoy the experience.
Fat Man Runs
What more can you say about the GNR - best mass participation event there is - better than London.
Do not bet no way a PB. update, a slightly better run than last year, cramp at 7 miles which stayed with me all the way,at least i didnt blow up at 9 miles this time ( gels worked ), So very sorry to hear that a runner has died again. Time should be 02.28.02 but the site wont take it , giving me a time of 2 secs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hell of a run !!!!!!!
Not sure how to call this one. Training says sub90 is possible; weaving in and around thousands of other runners suggests possibly not!? Best just to enjoy it and see what happens on the day? UPDATE - really chuffed!! After being up since 6am, walking to baggage busses, waiting at start for around 2hrs & being packed into starting zone with several thousand others I was slightly apprehensive having been on feet for so long! First 4-5miles were dodging & weaving (and an impromptu roadside toilet stop a la Radcliffe!), evidenced by being 45secs off PB pace by first mile and 2mins off it by mile 2. Managed to claw it back and was running at 7m6s/mile at 5miles, and by 10miles had pegged it down to 7m/miles. Thought about going hell for leather at this point having taken on board necessary water, lucozade during the course and carb gelled it at 9miles, but by 11miles realised the sub20min 5k needed to take me under 90mins wasn't going to happen. Focussed on keeping the pace steady so had enough to "sprint" finish and at least try and look good and not be too far off PB. Great race, (for what is basically a run along dual carriageways!), but the support of the crowds waving, clapping, shouting, handing out sweets, drinks, fruit & high fives makes it! Red Arrows flying over the Tyne Bridge as I was a third of the way over it, and the drop down the hill into South Shields at the end with a view of the North Sea and the coastline were personal highlights. Not to mention the crowd lined finishing straight. Still buzzing! Am also pleased that I felt so good at the end and not completely wiped out. Sub 90min is def on without the crowds!
Considering no training since Bristol two weeks ago, well pleased with this time (4 mins quicker).
Great day. Really struggled the first 5 miles as so hot, but then the rain came and gave me a second wind. Happy that I achieved sub 2.30 which is what I set out to do.
Great race but I was terribly prepared. Sore throat, upset stomach and 2hrs sleep. Would have pulled out if I hadn't travelled so far to get there. But the race had a great atmosphere, friendly people and fantastic supporters. Bit of dodging around but the number of people make this the race that it is.
Wanted to run 9 min mile as I gained a HM PB 3 weeks ago, so just wanted to enjoy it. A really good weekend and my min miles was exactly 9. Just enjoy it, you can't help but smile at this event.
Realised I wasn't going to get a PB by mile 5 so just enjoyed it from then on!!
good race up to 10 mile when i got cramp in legs,well done to r kid bazza who ran with me all the way ... cheers bro... see what we can do next year eh?
Vicki: Graceless Whippet
Have recovered enough now (after a large sunday lunch and two sleeps) to post about the GNR. My first half and the atmosphere was bloody fantastic. Did the first 5k in 22:05 and 10k in 46:13, and was on target for a time of 1:40:00 until I got to mile 10 and my legs wouldn't move any faster than a jog.
Was overtaken by Batman & Robin at the nook, and then managed to recover somewhat on the climb up to the Marsden Inn to finish in 1:46:26 - very happy with my time and of course it's a new PB. Many thanx to my friends & family for their support and to Allie (from Inspire) who was cheering me on in the final straight!
I lost 3lbs in weight on the run - taking my total weightloss to 109lbs (though that'll go back up when I get fully re-hydrated). Had a fantastic day and I'm absolutely going to have to do it all again next year.
As last year the sun came out and took its toll on me and others. After the year I've had with injury I was looking for 2 hours but was happy to treat it as a training run for New York and came in at 2:09. Although its dissapointing to be a massive half an hour off my best it was nice to finish feeling fresh and have no aches or pains. Was sorry to hear about the fatality but runners should remeber that the UK daily death rate is 1.37 per 50,000. SO KEEP ON RUNNING.
Without a doubt the hardest half marathon course I have ever done...it felt like the whole course was uphill!! Was not very well prepared for this having not been able to train as much and having very little sleep due to 12 week old son teething!
Great atmosphere though
Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
1.59 so no PB! never mind it was a great run and I enjoyed it
Arriving late - not advisable as you have to start from the back - the leaders had passed halfway before I got to the start line! However, this meant I was running along the front at S/S with the Red Arrows performing overhead, so it was well worth the wait. I see Motty beat me again by a matter of seconds but there's always next year..... Suggestions on how to make a quickish getaway after the race would be most welcome.....once again, however, a great weekend.....
My best race ever. I ran all the way, didn't stop and never felt so strong. Thanks Zoe for my introduction to carbo gels!! Didn't hit 2hr target but didn't cross the start line for 33 mins which meant I was constantly dodging and weaving,so now think 2hrs is definitely possible. 11 mins faster than last half-marathon. Support from the crowds was fantastic - having my name on my vest made such a difference. Loved the atmosphere and loved running with 4 fellow fetchies for the first bit of the race. Must start nearer the front next time.
i hope i can run just under 3 hrs, not sure i can beat my reading time but fingers cross, the crowd would get me through!!
so pleased to run under my predicted hrs of 2.50. loved it very much but there was tooo much of hanging about in the beginning. would love to do it again but too expensive maybe in the next 5 years!!
great crowd, hi-fiving the children is always my favourite. not a happy bunny when i wanted to get back to durham, walked around a mile in agony!!
Vi Ninety Day Challenge
Good race until 8 to 9 miles where i spent 5 mins on ambulance after injuring right knee before completing the race.Great day and weekend though.
Slower than predicted but much more rewarding. It was the race of my life. I ran all the way round without stopping or having to walk. Im very proud of myself indeed. Started off with ellew, hev, ZoeW and with a kiss from rich1974. 5 Fetchees all in one place. I started at a good pace and kept it up with a very strong confident sprint finish at the end. Once again, the event had a brilliant atmosphere. Newcastle is a very friendly place indeed.
Absolutely gutted I missed getting under 2hrs... can't remember much about the finish so I don't know why I didn't notice. Brilliant day and a wonderful atmosphere.
So chuffed! Got way under my target time of 2.30 - wahey! Felt fab till about 8 miles - was on track for a 2.15 at half way, but those second half hills really start to take their toll!
Second half was about 7 mins slower than the first, but felt really strong at the end and still had a bit in the tank, which was great news for future runs (didn't want to overdo it in my first half mara and risk burning out or not finishing).
Beat both my best friend and hubby, both of whom are in theory faster than me, so well pleased!
Started at the front of greens and had no trouble at start, in fact went off too fast (as usual). Great fun as first attempt for GNR, smashing atmosphere, long queue for Metro after helps you to steady down afterwards. 2 mins of PB for HM so well happy with result.
hamstring went before the 2 mile mark, jog hobbled the next 3 miles then gradually managed to speed up to finish just outside 2 hours. Actually felt more satisfaction from this one than any of my other GNR's, will be aiming for a lot better time next year.
Want to go sub 2:45... much training needs to be done...! :/ UPDATE: Never going to happen. Having had much trouble with ITB over last couple of weeks, training (and morale) has dwindled and this will never be speedy - even for me. But, hey - I'm just going to enjoy it - I'm going to be so chuffed to complete this distance at all, I rather say 'hang the speed'...
POST RACE: well well well – I did it!! My first Half!! And I feel great!! well, a bit sore, but great. Hip blew up at mile ten, but I did first ten miles in 2:10, which is great for me, and although I walked (or should that be hobbled?) the last three miles, I still came in so close to my revised target of 3 hrs. Happy bunny. And, more importantly, determined to beast this race next year. I loved it!!
Enjoyed the biggest half marathon and was lucky enough to get a decent start to avoid the crowd. Quite disappointed with the goody bag. Really sad news about the fatality!
Ran for ASTHMA UK this year.
11 min improvement on last year's GNR, but a minute or so outside a half-marathon PB. Sorry to the 6 people who bet on me.
Fantastic race. The Tyneside crowds were outstanding. 'High-fived' 100+ kids and received alot of attention for my vivid green wig.
It was an honour to be part of this event.
3 mins faster and I would have made it into the top 1000. Sounds like a challenge for 2007.
Despite the hanging around, delays, congestion, traffic jams, runners in the wrong pens etc, this is truly a magnificent event. I didn't even notice the hills or that we were running on a dual carriageway.
If you don't take it too seriously, are laid back about the logistics and get into the party spirit, then you cannot fail to be overwhelmed by the Great North Run.
Sad news about the fatality - 29 years old accoring to the BBC site.
I knocked 9 mins off my PB so was pleased although disappointed that I faded in the last couple of miles - it took forever to get to the 800 to go on the Coast Road and then that last 800 went on and on and on...........
I am taking a wild guess at my time for this one, being my first half marathon I don't really know what to expect. I think I may be a little over this though due to the crowds and my inexperience at pacing at such a long distance. I'm just going to enjoy it though!
Am thrilled to have got so near my target time!! I enjoyed every second of this, even when it started to hurt like hell between miles 10 and 11. I think this could be the start of a half-marathon addiction...
wow, what a day, bit warm as sun came out for duration of the event but a brill day and not a bad time.
Felt like horse manure. I take back what I was saying about it not being very hilly (which it isn't really) but it just seemed like stupidly hard work. Ha. As a 'fun runner' I was expecting shits and giggles!! ; )
Coloured starts = great idea
being penned in with no chance to have a wee = bad idea
Had a 4 min wait (how can it take people sooo long) for first portaloos and was chasing to pick up time from then on.
Love the red arrows (my geekness grows). Seriously querying if Cumbrian HM is a good idea. Then again, my stupidity knows no bounds.
After my disappointing run last year I was determined to try and beat 02:00:00.
Following a 10Km time of around 00:50 I could have posted a much better time had I not had real problems from about mile 8-9 upwards. No matter how much you expect it, it always seems to be mostly uphill for the second half. As always felt I should have done better but at least I improved my PB by about 17 mins and I am at least satisfied.
Managed to get through the crowds quite easily and despite not feeling too good in the couple of days before the race I had a great race and knocked 1 min 30 secs off my PB.
Great atmosphere which more than made up for the scenery Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields have to offer.
i got a PB !!!
Had a fantastic time! The hills weren't as bad as I thought they were going to be. Very crowded! I certainly could not have increased my speed easily as I started right at the back in the charity zones and the roads were way too crowded to pass people easily.
Started the race with a kiss from the grafter, then went off for the first few miles with ellew. My first GNR & for some reason I was expected it to open up at some point, it never did, so I must strat further forward next time, as I'm sure I could have gone under 2 hrs. All the same it was a great day & brilliant atmosphere - I'd definatley do it again.
Really enjoyed it, but there was really heavy people traffic as I started from the back, so never got into a rhythm. The organisation is excellent, so I think it's a great first HM to do! Looking forward to beating this PB!
Hoping for a pb, (traffic willing) but maybe stretching it a bit.
I think you might lose your credits if you bet. A badly twisted ankle has severly dented my training over the past month. Not confident I can keep any decent pace up.
Nightmare race & preparation. Nothing more too add. Sorry to those who had a bet.
Yay got a PB! Felt fine up until mile 10 when legs kicked in and the final mile was a killer but hurray I did it and I even beat some people too! :o)
Found this an easy course, just too many runners. PB potential if you're at the front and get a clear run!!!
A great event but i had a terrible run. Suffering from the flu for the last 2 days and had a start number of 23246(i put 1hr 25m on my entry) so it was just imposssible to get moving, even by mile 6 and 7 i was still trying to dodge round runners in front of me. The crowds were wonderfull and the wife saw me on tv so not all bad.
I enjoyed it. It WAS rather warm (20 degrees apparently), but I thought it was well organised and fun. Apart from the toilet queues.
I really enjoyed this race, i know everyone was packed in like sardines, but everyone was polite and the atmosphere was wonderful.
Brilliant! Enjoyed - bit of a downhill since then!
happy to get under 1 30 as had run club half marathon the week before, and not trained much in between. Pleased to get in red start, which meant getting over line very quickly. First mile was still slow with crowds, but soon got going. Flagged a couple of times in second half, but managed to pick up pace in last 2 miles. Enjoyed race, will definately do it again.
My first half marathon!! Stomach ache until 7miles which then eased off and I got into the last half. Enjoyed it but would have preferred to start a bit nearer the front - couldn't get into the pink pen where I ought to have started...maybe next time?!
My previous PB in this race wass 02:18 so I was absolutely chuffed with my time today. In fact I finished feeling quite strong and know I could have done even better if I had just been brave enough to push on a little earlier. It was extremely difficult trying to do the last mile along the seafront and I didn't get up the head of steam I was aiming for!
Fantastic atmosphere but how hot was it!!!!
Please with the time given the lack of mileage and long runs due to calf problems and the warmer than expected day. Crowds great as always. Great day and weekend.
Felt I was in shape to run around 76 / 77 mins so to run 81 I'm disapointed. Felt fine over the opening few miles but fell to pieces at 8 miles and struggled over the final 5. Finished 185th overall.
What a wonderful day! I really enjoyed the whole experience.
A great weekend as usual, but they've really got to do something about the start. Perhaps have one carriageway for club runners, the other for fun runners ?
Aimed for 2hrs 40 and tried to run to the splits on the pace band. First mile was quicker (9:40) then settled to between 10:15 and 11:15 each mile which was ahead of the targets. Thought halfway through I could maybe do it in 2hr 30 or thereabouts. Worried about when it would start to hurt but kept going steadily. Lost H at 8miles but carried on. 2:21something on the watch 400m from end so sprinted to the finish. Can't believe I knocked 32 mins off last years time!
Very pleased with my new PB, which is a lot faster than I've ever done. But those pesky 9 seconds. Must take a stopwatch next time....
Ran all way with our big un, he had done no training and had a heavy cold so needed to make sure he got round in one piece.
Took around 20 mins off last years time, maybe sub 2 hours next year.
Enjoyed my first GNR, bit dissapointed with the time, felt confident of going under 1.15 but cest la vie... Def back for next year - try and make all my toilet stops BEFORE the race next time...
not sure if actual time thing worked - managed 1.17.52
good steady run stayed in the comfort zone for the whole distance and felt stronger at the end as a result.
Great race really enjoyed it apart from being really slow and unfit! I think this should mark a turning point in my lazyness. I've decided it's time to get out there and start logging my times again. I can become a quicker runner!
What a fantastic atmosphere, people told me it was but yoy never really knew what they meant, i do now!
Should have stuck to race plan may have come in under 2 however i felt so good at 8 (73 mins) carried on pushing 10 (91 mins) found 10-11 very hard but crowd pulled me through the last LONG MILE
Raised over £600 for Alzheimers in memory of my Grandad, tears in my eyes when red arrows flew over at the end as he used to take me to see them as a kid, Cheers matey!
Started really far back in the field.... much of the race was a bit like an obstacle course, but what a fantastic atmosphere. The spectators, band, drummers, red arrows etc really get you going! Felt great until about the last mile of the race when I hit the wall!!
Follow The Bear
This was a beaut.One of the best things I've ever done. I impressed myself with my running, got spurred on by the bands at every stand on the way. Weather changeable, rainy/hot. Glad about the showers at the sides of the road, and to the Ambulance chappies - Thanks for all the Vaseline!
Walked all the way because of calf injury. Quite pleased with my time !
injured ran round with mate who was injured too,had time to realy enjoy the atmosphere.
First race, more fun than I expected but a bit crowded. Quite hot but plenty of support
I wasn't actually racing this one - just using it as a long training run - sio I was pretty happy with this time. (Especialy as I stopped for a leisurely loo stop!)
what a fantastic day out.
Forgot how great the GNR really is! 16yrs since the last one. Really enjoyed the day. As usual it's always busy and difficult to find space to run in the first few miles but so what, crowds and fellow runners were 'great'. And raised 750quid for charity too. Role on next year. Pleased with time, but oh so close to Sub1.30 ... next time!
Poor run - travelled up in morning setting off very early - payed price for 2 hours sleep - fantastic atmosphere and day though.
Second time running this, knocked 12 minutes off last year's time and had only ran about 5 times in 2006!
First half marathon - blimey, onwards and upwards!!!
had a light hamstring strain from poor hydration in a training run, too many people running it made it difficult to run a fast race. good to have another pb
My third Great North Run and the only time I've had a ballot entry. Felt good to be free of the burden of a charity place, particularly after my negative experience with one well-known charity the year before. Enjoyed the race, but Newcastle is a bit chavvy and I hated all the brats hurling bottles at the runners. I vowed not to come back in 2007 and sure enough I gave it a miss. Felt better for it, it might be a big race but it's a bit overrated and a shite course.
My last of five. Taking a year away from this race
First sub 2hrs Half!!
best time so far ,really hot
In training I was knocking 13.1 miles out in 1hr 47mins. Really struggles with the last 3 miles. This was my 1st half marathon since 1983 which I ran when I was 12.
(I forget the seconds exactly!!!)
Didn't train too well, played a full football match on the Saturday.... Not ideal prep.
Pleased to have beaten my previous time never-the-less
Ran with a newly sprained ankle from the day before. Loaded up with Ibuprofen but started to ache later in the race.
Very Crowded Now
Just got back from America
Started at the back and did much more than 13.1 miles as you have to zig-zag around fancy-dressers & unfit people. A mass run isn't the place to work on PBs ...its gotty be seen as a festival day. Go for a good time <under the circumstances> and enjoy the day out!
10 miles: 1.24.46
Dreadful back injury, walked most of it.
Race Number: 19720
a lot hillier than I remembered it
Only able to walk round - with Son in law & brother in law. 9 months after more major surgery & 6 weeks after less serious abdominal hernia repair - even more grateful just to be there.
Had miserable race - turned out was anaemic after running in Bermuda (usual - humidity sapped iron!)
Damn ! Blew it big time. Flying at 8 miles, but walking by 10
Very unhappy, and annoyed with myself
Very slow race - congested.