Event Date: 19 September 2010
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!
Garmin profile for this event:
Great North Run 2010 – Event Review