In short: Smash that PB In full: Briefing at the start was going so well on microphone with speaker at the back, it seemed those at the front couldn't hear, so they reverted to megaphone which meant those at back couldn't here. A slow start to the race due to numbers but a great flat race as a whole. Great marshalls, plenty of water. A nice goody bag too. A race that I'll do time & time again. Shame on stories of those disqualified at the finish for using head phones, made to feel so humiliated, maybe more warnings at the start - I know it's in the rules but events do not seem to stick to this rule. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Good all-rounder In full: Love this race because it just does things properly - good course, well marshalled, plenty of drinks stations, so I can just focus on the running. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Great morning's work! In full: It's clear the organisers know their stuff; plenty of loos for those pre race nerves, big mile markers, water, sports drink and gels on offer, technical T-shirt I won't be embarrassed to wear again, chunky medal and a Mars bar. Pleased with my time too, so what more could you want. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Challenge with a view In full: Anything but fresh on the start line having run a marathon close to Snowdon, however enjoyed the scenery and added challenges of the climbs en route. Thanks to all involved and thoroughly enjoyed the post race atmosphere & beer/food in the town! Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Big enough to be interesting, small enough to be personal In full: I love doing an autumn race so you can train through the summer. The atmosphere and camaraderie between the runners was brilliant, and I was never alone throughout the race. I liked the mixture of countryside and city and the cheering spectators and marshals in the villages. To top off a good race I came away with a new P.B. As an extra good point, no queues at the toilets! Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Good overall but could use some improvements In full: Staggered start this year was better, however still only giving out plastics cups of water which are impossible to drink from, also using their own photgraphers this year which have produced lots of great promotional pics but not many if you wanted a set of individual snaps. Club runners all seem to run in packs which is really bad form when you are on a narrow canal path or when coming through the trail section, really slowed me down. Parking and toilets are limited so you need to arrive about an hour before the start to park and queue. Have done this race 3 times over 4 years now and would question the worthiness of doing it again to be honest. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: I'd like to do it again NOW! In full: Fab race and awesome Danish pastries! Only my second race of any kind but I loved it. Definitely will be back next year. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Had a great day and will be returning next year with some club mates In full: What a great event from the start...HQ and car park well sign posted and no need for a map during the marathon as the markings were excellent and the marshal's well positioned.Food and water stations well organised with snacks,water and coke..last but not least a long sleeved technical top..brilliant !! Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Well organised popular race! In full: Can't remember how many Leeds Abbey Dash I have done, but we got medals when I started running it! It would be very nice therefore to bring medals back! We don't mind not having any goody bags...
The results took a while (almost 3 hours later) to come through text and online, despite the booklet suggesting friends and families are able to see the results 'live'. Perhaps something to do with the new system used this year for LAD with the metal strip on the bib?
Toilet queues were very very long. However, there were plenty of toilets, and this is no different to many other big races.
Everything else is positive about the race and organisation. Good crowd control with plenty of marshalls. Plenty of supporters enroute, an enjoyable race! Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Great Race with PB potential, will be back next year In full: Great Race with PB potential. This was my fourth time running this race.Very good for personal best potential. Glad to see that the organisers have stuck with the starting pens. Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Great atmosphere but slightly marred by parking chaos In full: This was my first time doing this race and I really liked the course. It was nice to run mostly along the seafront, and the loops meant that you could see other runners, and that the support was brilliant; the foam finger family were particularly appreciated, as was the child giving out jelly babies. Marshalls were excellent, and the water stops frequent.
However, despite getting there early, all the pay and display parking was gone, and I couldn't find the private field, so I assume that was full too. With such a big race, this really needs to be sorted out as it meant a stressful start especially given the long queues for the toilets.
The race itself was great though, and I can't complain too much with a seven minute PB! Date of review: November 17, 2014