In short: Enjoyed from start to finish! In full: Had just got over an injury so was uncertain I'd get round. Took it easy and enjoyed it all the more.Was expecting the course to be a little uninspiring, out and back on Parkgate Road, but the crowds and the random entertainment along the route kept me smiling. The finish up Canal St and Northgate was fantastic!! See you next year. Date of review: May 22, 2015
In short: Great race fantastically run, a firm race for every year In full: A very well organised race, fantastically run by people who care. Has made me want to try the metric marathon next year too. Date of review: May 22, 2015
In short: Standard half marathon In full: aving completed quite a few half marathons now I was left a little flat after this race. The Leeds half was billed as the flagship event of the series from run for all and I felt it was average and therefore expensive for what it is.
The cost was only made worth it from doing it as part of the White Rose Double package, knocking a few quid off. The bonus tshirt for white rose double ticket buyers was a welcome surprise. The goody bag was pretty good but think with the amount of sponsorship could have been cheaper or included more.
I would advise first timers to complete a smaller field half marathon to be honest as it seemed rather tight in places, but then all do.
People make a lot of the hills but I didn't think they were too bad, despite not feeling it on the day. I don't think it is a must if you want a PB, but still achievable.
Running through Leeds is not great in terms of scenery as you are running purely through the city. The bonus of this though is a large amount of support. Fantastic support might I add.
The weather was very warm and I did see three people dropping out before the 2 mile point and another 2 or 3 people receiving medical treatment so the positioning or amount of water stations may need to be considered or warnings for people on the website, as some people do not take the challenge seriously or are unaware of the pressure it puts on the body Date of review: May 21, 2015
In short: really well organised In full: The course is sold as mostly flat- I'd disagree and hated the hill right at the start and even worse at the end! There were no supporters round lots of the course and even where there were some they were very quiet, no clapping or cheering, which made for a poor atmosphere. Great t-shirt and medal. Now I know what to expect I would do it again. Date of review: May 21, 2015
In short: Gets better every year In full: My 3rd time doing this race and every year it gets better. Plentiful goody bag as always. Great local support around the route. Excellent organisation of the race and the facilities on offer before and after. Chip timed. Free park and ride service, numerous toilets. Date of review: May 21, 2015
In short: An excellent event which was well marshalled and a fantastic route – probably the best summer 10km in Surrey! In full: An excellent event which was well marshalled and a fantastic route – probably the best summer 10km in Surrey! However on the down-side was the congestion along the path by the stream just after the start. As I suggested last year if you stagger the 10km and 5km starts by 15 minutes this could easy alleviate these issues. Alternatively, why not route the 10km course up that very steep hill by Godalming station at the START of the race, instead of at the end?
On a completely separate matter unrelated to the race, I noted the justified comments by the “thirtysomething” lady on inconsiderate car parking. As the main car park was full I parked in the adjacent overflow car park behind the Council offices. I was suddenly confronted by an angry local resident who had come to purchase some masking tape for a DIY job on his car, and who demanded to know the purpose of my visit to Godalming? With a hint of malice, he articulated the police penalise anyone who had not parked “correctly”. Just to ensure that his threats were adhered he walked over and confronted two uniformed PCOS, who had just emerged from the rear of the police station, to presumably vent his frustration. Later, when I went over to the main car park to collect my number I noted the same PCOs taking photographs and registration numbers of a couple of cars parked on yellow chevrons, so perhaps the BMW also received the same treatment?
In short: Beautiful scenery, friendly organisers - loved it! In full: As a newby runner this was my first 6K run and what a way to start. The bluebell woodland is glorious, and the course has great views and is interesting all the way through (perfect for slow coach like me!)
The smell of bacon butties as you finish is just the energiser you need to cross the line.
Lovely organisers and definitely doing again next year. Thanks to all involved! Date of review: May 21, 2015
In short: Cracking mid week race, Excellent course although tough as old boots in parts. ran like clock work. One of the best 5 mile multi terrain courses i have ran. Top effort from the organisers marshals. Thanking you all. See you again next year Date of review: May 21, 2015
In short: Tough, scenic and rewarding event In full: Very good race, certainly worth doing in its own right, tough, challenging and scenic, well organised with excellent routing and friendly enthusiastic marshalls, lots of good drinks points, but as part of the famous Wenlock Olympics also a bit special - shame it was not held nearer the main games though and it was a bit lower key than I expected given the potential and presence of Jonathan Edwards who does a great job as President of the Wenlock Olympian Society. I transferred to the half when the marathon was disappointingly cancelled, but happy with the generous alternative. One I would certainly like to do again. Date of review: May 20, 2015
In short: Hilly course and lovely hot weather In full: My first marathon and best experience ever. It was really hilly and the hot weather made the course a very good challenge.Beautiful countryside. Marshalls /Runners/ all were very friendly .I would recommend it to anyone who wants a challenge.Nice T-shirt and medal.Well organised.Perfect Marathon!!! Date of review: May 20, 2015
In short: Well orgainised, super friendly race In full: A lovely race in the scenic grounds of a country house (had a picnic in the gardens after the race). Very well organised with none of the production line feeling that you can get in some large races. The route was over gravel trails, through trees (watch out for roots) over bridges and even a wooden walkway across a marsh. The finish was on the lawn and was downhill - great for looking much faster than I actually was! Loads of marshals who were all very encouraging. Definitely do this one again.