In short: Well organised, scenic and good fun In full: I was cautious about doing this race based on previous reviews but it suited me for several reasons so I took the chance. I am glad I did. It seems the organisers (perhaps pushed by the sponsors) have solved the issues mentioned in previous reviews. The start was very well organised. Good signage from the Tube, easy bag drop off, lots of loos and even water available on the walk to the start for last minute hydration. The start was well staggered with pacing pens which meant the congestion was not too bad. This will never be perfect with 11k+ runners who will never all be honest/correct about their finish time but it was as good as you could expect in a field of this size on city streets. I enjoyed the route and the chance to run through closed London streets. There was ample water (3 stations) and water sprays to help on a humid day. The finish was very well organised. In quick succession you got your medal, then water, then goodie bag and Lucozade Sport. I was in the red baggage area so there was a bit of a walk to get there but not a bad way to cool down. It took me no time to get my bag. I also have to mention the volunteers who were very friendly and helpful.
Minor points - good to get a technical teeshirt but I am not a fan of the white (too see through!) and would love a women's fit. There could also be more pacers (only a small handful for a very big field). But these are small points.
This is a big city mass event so not for everyone. It is also very pricey for a 10k. All that being said it seems the problems from previous years have been addressed (in my experience)and this is a fun, enjoyable, big city race which I enjoyed a lot. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Seriously hilly course - created by a sadist perhaps :-) but great fun In full: I've run the old course before and I didn't read up on the new course and paid for it. This has some serious ups and downs (3,000 ft in total) plus a fair amount off trail/grass/stone track running. The first 10k provided the brunt of uphill running with the second half of the run being kinder (aside from the real monster in the woods mile 11). Having said this, I thought this was a fantastic course. Aside from getting in and out of the stadium, the views were very nice. Do not agree with comments below that finish was poor. Cars were using the road but it wasn't an issue and I saw 4 or 5 marshals along the final half mile. The marshals along the entire course were very very supportive and enthusiastic (given the atrocious conditions).
Pros - challenging, hilly and scenic course. Easy parking right by start line. Nice finish. Great marshals. Decent medal and goody bag.
Cons - could have done with more toilets open around football ground.
Vastly improved course in my opinion. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: As a P.P. member, I may be biased, but excellent event. In full: Very enjoyable 5k race on one of the warmest, sunniest days of summer so far. Great organisation and atmosphere. Varied course with some 'undulations', probably no problem to any half decent runner. started and finished on school playing field. lots of parking at school. excellent marshalling and markings on the course clearly showing the 10 & 5km routes. Can't think of anyway it could be improved. Thank you. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Fairly flat course with limited repeat sections In full: This was my third 10k race and by far the largest event I've taken part in. Despite that I found it very well organised and did not feel over whelming. High number of stewards and volunteers. Flat course with good PB potential, not the most interesting scenary but a fair number of supporters along the route including bands etc. Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: fantastic race In full: This is a Hilly course, its wales so expected. fantastic atmosphere at the start. first 2 miles were a little congested but after that it was fine. one thing about this marathon is the scenery. Breathtaking. the crowds this year were fantastic lots of support on route. marshalls were amazing plenty of water stops with fruit (a big plus) and sweets etc. The finish is nothing less thaN A list treatment. Runners run onto a Red carpet and there name is announced and you are shown on a big screen. The atmosphere was electric. Runners were given there medal, a bottle of juice and a bottle of water. This is a first class marathon i highly recommend it Date of review: July 11, 2016
In short: Extremely challenging but satisfying race In full: Described as undulating/hilly and that was an understatement but at the same time the views were worth all the hard work. A very well organised race with very enthusiastic volunteers along the route. Date of review: July 10, 2016
In short: Much better route but sacrificing atmosphere and organisation. Too expensive too In full: They've improved the route but lost the local charm that the previous finish gave the race. The final mile of the race really let you down with no race marshals on the industrial estate road and all the early finishers leaving in cars on the same road, runners were weaving through cars, lorries and people walking out. The marshals were awesome but the atmosphere in the stadium was lacking giving a real sense of anticlimax to the end. Overall it feels like a bit of a sell out by the organisers and a money making exercise especially at £30 on the day tickets. Date of review: July 10, 2016
In short: Brilliant atmosphere for a return to pre-injury form In full: First time running this race, as with all other Runforall races I've done this year it was brilliantly organised, excellent atmosphere really helped me push through the last few kilometres. Route could be more scenic, but gives some of the best sights Leeds centre has to offer. Date of review: July 10, 2016
In short: Great race for a beginner! In full: My first 10k! It seemed relatively well organised, the starting off was a bit busy and took a while - but there were a lot of people! Lovely atmosphere - choirs, drums, music playing every few km. Water stations at two places during the race as well as sponges and a hose spraying water near the end was a nice touch. Some volunteers were handing out starbursts and wine gums near the last km which was nice.
We had the chance to get our medals engraved for free which I thought was brilliant. I didn't have a problem with timing, but I know a few didn't get their time texted to them at all. Date of review: July 10, 2016
In short: Loved every minute of it. In full: Superbly organised event in my home city. Flat course which is perfect for anybody wanting to steop up to the 10k distance. Runners are well looked after. Medal, shirt, goodie bag, massage and a wonderful experience. Crowd support was also first class. Date of review: July 10, 2016
In short: Harder than expected but fun In full: Yes, it was very hard and I took it on much too casually and paid the price. The woodland trail sections were gruelling, most especially the climb on 11 miles. The country lanes were quaint. Except for the very earliest and latest sections, we were constantly in a pleasant environment. Far superior course to previous years. But it was half a mile too long according to my watch and also that of a number of other runners. It would have been nice to have seen some timing device at the end. A detail I know. Goody bag was good, particularly t-shirt. Enjoyed the crisps and not too distraught when afterwards I saw they were a month out of date. My support was disappointed that a rubbish coffee cost £2. What I shall take away is that it is a nice course, on my doorstep and a race which I intend to be better prepared for next year. Date of review: July 10, 2016
In short: Nice race, but was it over half marathon length? In full: Well organised and friendly, a scenic but tough and hilly multi-terrain course. The marshals were outstanding. Just one possible criticism - the measurement of the new course. My Garmin, which rarely differs by more than about 0.05 miles from the official distance, reckoned it very long at 13.64 miles - is it just me, or did anyone else think the course was long? Date of review: July 10, 2016