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10 things no one tells you before the Great North Run

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Are you thinking about doing the Great North Run? Or have you already signed up and are simply looking for more information about what it will be like?

There are loads of great articles and websites about what training methods you should use, what you should eat and what you should wear, but we want to share with you the 10 things that most first timers will not know.

1. Despite the race being based in the North East of England, the weather is usually very good! Over the past five years the temperature has been as high as 22C, with the blue skies and no sign of rain.

2. The orange juice offered to you by kids, standing at the side of the course, is not orange juice. We don’t know what it is but it’s definitely not orange juice.

3. Be careful where you stand at the start as people can be a bit too free with where they urinate.

4. When they say it’s mostly downhill… they lie. There are two inclines to look out for; the one after the Tyne Bridge and the one around 11-12miles, before the sea comes into view.

5. Look out for the bloke with a tray of pints, for an unusual hydration option, at the roundabout near the Tyne Tunnel.

6. If you are from the South, and used to the London Underground, then don’t be afraid by the fact that friendly strangers will make conversation with you whilst you travel on the Metro system.

7. If you’re arriving at Newcastle Central Station, or the Haymarket and Monument Metro stations, your best option is to walk to the start. With 13.1miles to run, a 1.5mile walk will provide an excellent warm-up.

8. Watch out for the kids based on the bridge by Gateshead Stadium who are crack shots with water pistols.

And a couple for the spectators:

9. If you’ve forgotten your whistles, rattles or vuvuzela, then fear not. There are usually local entrepreneurial types near the finish area with an array of spectator paraphernalia for a cheap price.

10. Watching thousands of people, of various abilities, complete the remarkable achievement of a half marathon, in the glorious surroundings of the North East, will make you want to sign up for next year. Fact.

Now that you're mentally prepared for what is to come, make sure to be physically ready be reading our training guides to the Great North Run.

If this has inspired you to enter, check out our list of charities to see whether there are still places available (unfortunately, the general ballot is now closed).

And for the spectators, don't forget to read all about the other great events happening on Great North Run Weekend, including the Junior Great North Run, Great North City Games and more.

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