Waiting at the start, don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people waiting in massive lines. Respect to Ant and Dec for hi-fiving 100’s of people as they started. The first 3-4 miles were great and going over the Tyne bridge was great however the rest of the route is on a ring road through housing estates. I guess the rainy weather dampened the crowds spirits? The last mile in south shields was super, loads of people and great atmos. Who knew there was a beach there? 😉
I found it a pretty tough half with what felt like a gradual uphill all the time that made pacing difficult (well for me anyway). Worth the trip to Newcastle, even saw a blurry image of me whiz by on TV coverage and glad I’ve done it but the crowds were not a patch on the London Marathon. London I salute you again!