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Great North Run

running girl

Registered User
Jul 29, 2003
I'm running the Great North Run in September. It's my first time and my first half maraton. I would welcome any tips that anyone who has participated in this race could pass on. Thanks and good luck to everyone else running in it.


Registered User
Jul 29, 2003
Excellent race! I did it in 2001.

Don't worry about getting a good time - it took me nearly 30 minutes to get across the start line!

Excellent spectators - all very supportive and a fantastic atmosphere.

The last couple of miles are the hardest (no surprise there!), and when you get to the one mile left marker at South Shields, don't believe it - it feels like far more!

When you eventually get to the velodrome, it can be very busy, so make sure you arrange to meet people at a predetermined place. I couldn't get a signal on mu mobile which didn't help!

Be prepared to spend a long time getting out of South Shields - the Metros do take a while to get over 50,000 out of the place!

Enjoy it - it is a fantastic day!