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Brighton Marathon 2010 - Event ReviewReview

Manchester Greatrun 10k 2010 – Event ReviewReview

Great North Run 2010 - Event ReviewReview

Day 112

Early morning run due to playing 5 aside tonight , i never push the pace on a monday i like to save my energy for the match.
miles today 3.03
miles completed 342.80
miles to go 752
shoes nike
ipod n/a

Great North Run 2010 – Event Review

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Event Date: 19 September 2010
Distance: 13.1 miles
Capacity: Approx. 54,000
Conditions on the day: Overcast, 16 degrees
Website: http://www.greatrun.org/events/Event.aspx?id=1

Organisation Rating: Usual service from Bupa events management, aside from the crazy double decker bus luggage transport which seems inefficient. That and Powerade Zero is, in my view, quite horrible tasting and not a good drink to have mid run when you’ve never experienced it before! Pricey entrance fee as usual too, we could probably expect better for £50, though I guess it’s a big event.

The course: I’m told it’s a hilly route. Maybe it is, depends on your training I suppose. Didn’t seem too bad to me. Crossing the Tyne Bridge as part of the mass is a true running gem, it’s one of those must have running experiences. Great atmosphere. Annoying walkers start at the front by some miracle and generally get in the way. Finish down to the seafront is very nice. Watch out for the steep downhill just before it though!

Downsides: Sheer mass of runners slows start as with all big events. Need to enter early, it’s a ballot I’m afraid. (Though check out the priority entry system, it is possible to ‘buy’ yourself into the event. Ssssh, I didn’t tell you that!)

Upsides: Be a part of the biggest Half Marathon in the world!

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Manchester Greatrun 10k 2010 – Event Review

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Event Date: 15 May 2010
Distance: 10k/6.25 miles
Capacity: Approx. 40,000
Conditions on the day: Overcast, 16 degrees
Website: http://www.greatrun.org/events/event.aspx?id=4

Organisation Rating: Usual good service from Bupa events management. Pricey entrance fee as usual though too!

The course: Fairly flat, fairly fast route. Bits in town are good, but you’re out of town before you know it and padding along the Mancunian way for a couple of miles outbound, and a couple of miles back after circumnavigating old trafford.

Downsides: Sheer mass of runners slows start as with all big events. Need to enter early or have to bag a charity place as I did (the Seashell Trust provided me with mine in exchange for £140 guaranteed sponsorship).

Upsides: Ability to get a charity place with a realistic target. If you’re on the ball, you can get a place directly, before the ballot for the last few places. Sign up for email notifications from greatrun to be in with the best chance of being around at the right time.

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Brighton Marathon 2010 – Event Review

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Event Date: 18 April 2010
Distance: 26.2 miles
Capacity: 12,000
Conditions on the day: Hot as a hot thing, about nineteen degrees on a Sunday in April!
Website: www.brightonmarathon.co.uk

Organisation Rating: Superb. Especially for a first run of the event. Clearly the brighton marathon group got their heads together and thought this one out well. From the baggage lorries to the volunteers, the refreshment stops to the entertainment, everything worked, and worked very well. Well done Brighton, I’ll be back!

The course: Hilly sections from miles 4-12. Mid-point cunningly lined up with finish line so crowds greet you as you pass through a half marathon *and* at the finish. Miles 17-22 pretty dull and grey down to the dock area, just when you don’t need it to be. Frankly they’d have to pay the spectators to hang around there though! Finishes on Madeira Drive (the finish line for just about every Brighton event) and saw estimated crowds of 80k on the day.

Downsides: Seafront wasn’t cordoned off leading to ‘little old lady with tiny dog’ type obstacles for the last three miles. Dock area is dull at prime ‘hitting the wall’ distance.

Upsides: Ability to get a place, no ballot. Unlike some other over-hyped marathons, those who intend to run a marathon and have decided this well in advance can register for a place nearly a year in advance. No waiting for 6 months for an answer on whether you’re luckier than a lottery winner. No waiting for that chance in a million email to say you’re in, finally, after a decade of trying. No. You just pay your money, do the training and run a marathon!

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