In short: As good as it gets for a race like this In full: This really is an excellent example of a locally-organised 10 mile race. No flashy gimmicks, gaudy medals or pointless goody-bags, this is simply a well-run and enjoyable event. The organisation was spot on, with the school providing an excellent base. The course is very scenic, though the hills mean that this isn't one for the PB-chasers. The average standard here is pretty high but it is by no means an "exclusive" event, with slowcoaches like me getting just as enjoyable experience as those at the front of the pack. Pretty hard to see what you would change for this one. Also, I should give credit to the marshalls and particularly the cubs/ scouts manning the water stations, who did a really good job. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: Great support all around - Leeds folk well done!! In full: This is a really well organised race with masses of support almost all around the course - the people of Leeds were great - out there with sweets, extra water, oranges etc etc.
However, as others said it is rater hilly and it was hot as well so this combi made it a rather tough race.
Very much enjoyed it though - and nice medal - and great idea to throw in free engraving of the medals at the end!
Thank you for a great day out! Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: enjoyable In full: Once again the plusnet Yorkshire marathon team did a good job. It was well organised. The support in Leeds was great. The people in Leeds stood in the streets with hose pipes. This is what we needed.especially after the hills. It was a hot half marathon. Even though they was a few water stations, the people in Leeds stood in the streets giving out cups of water, sliced oranges, jelly babies and jelly beans. This helped us on the way round. The marshals were great the best uve seen. I had a good day. Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Better than last time and I didn't think that was possible! In full: This is my third year at this race and I didn't think it could get any better. .....then it did! ! The t-shirt is better (and it was good enough before) and the medal is very nice. The organisation was as ever brilliant and the atmosphere was amazing. This is hands down the most organised, best value race around. My 6 year old also ran the fun run and was thrilled with his own number, medal and goody bag. We'll be back next year. Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Top marks again. In full: Second year in a row that I have done this event. Once again superbly organised and amazing value. Great support and atmosphere all along the course. Fabulous goody bag again. These guys keep setting the benchmark for all other race organisers to reach. Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Great atmosphere, great support, REALLY well organised and a fabulous goody bag! Signed up for next year already! In full: Lovely route, great crowd support all the way around and a beautiful location in North Shropshire! Oh I almost forgot the bargain entry price, the wonderful tech tshirt AND the nicest medal I have ever received! You rally can have it all! Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Utterly charming... but challenging In full: With two of running's most welcoming race directors running the show (Dave and Mel from Hermes Running, who also stage the fabulous Thames Meander) I knew I was in for a treat (and I'm not just talking sweet treats, of which there is an overabundance - think flapjacks, brownies and crisps, rather than gooey gels!) I'd never run at Bewl Water before, and was amazed that this little piece of Lake District-esque paradise is just an hour from my front door. Though the hilly course is challenging, the super-friendly marshals and aid station volunteers (and the top-quality snacks they hand out!) keep you smiling. The sections through woods carpeted with bluebells were a particular delight. I came last but wasn't made to feel bad about keeping anyone waiting. Gorgeous medal, gorgeous scenery, moreish carbs, an undulating course that uses ALL your muscles, and no cut-off - what more could anyone ask for? So thanks to everyone for a truly fabulous event. See you next year - with a busload of my friends! Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: My first ever half marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed it! In full: Even though I had put 2:15 as my time to aim for, and therefore allocated into the yellow wave, I was aiming now for a sub 2. I had no problems getting past people further in the race and managed 1:54! The first half is mainly uphill but they are relatively easy climbs. The pipers at the half way point were a great boost! More music over the route would be fantastic. Overall the support was great almost all over and people were handing out energy snacks. Plenty of water, but queues for the toilets. The medal and tshirt at the end are a great momento. Will be back at some point for sure! Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Well organised, flat seaside run. In full: Extremely well organised and very friendly, good support and great atmosphere. Nice, flat and fast, was particularly lucky to have the sun shining today! Enjoyed running by the sea, its a feel good race! Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Ruined by the badly organised staggered starts In full: In the interests of objectivity the vast majority of people probably didn't have this issue but for those of us poor sods that it ruined the race.
The organizers had staggered starts the year, probably due to the growing popularity of the event. They asked your estimated time and then (in theory) used this information to put you in a colored group that determined your start time. I put down an estimated time of 1:30 and for some reason was assigned to the last group(yellow) that started around 30 minutes after the first main group.
For me and a fair few others this replaced the usual 2 mile busy section at the start with a busy section lasting from miles 2-13 as quicker runners caught up people who were in fancy dress, had stopped or who were just a little slower. Apart from the start I spent the entire race zig zagging past people, running on the grass and outside the cones which was quite dangerous.
At one point I was running past crowds up a hill right up against the ribbon and a lady stepped out in front of me and I clattered into her(in her defense she wouldn't expect someone going past her quickly on a hill after 5 miles - those people are usually long gone!). She shouted "Jesus Christ" at me.. If I had been Jesus I'd have parted the crowds like the red sea with a wave of my hand! So I'd like to say sorry to that lady!
I can only think that either the organizers were swamped with people putting unrealistic finish times, they didn't organize the groups at all or I was one of the unlucky ones and this was an admin error (but a fair few people were effected by this). Next year I hope the organizers use RunBritain or Power of 10 rankings to see what times people can actually achieve and if someone has no past race times or their times are slow then put them in the same group I was in this year please. Unless they sort this I'm going nowhere near this race next year, I'm signed up to the York marathon in October with the same events company, god(or jesus) help me!
In short: Fantastic orgnisation, good support In full: Staggered start an improvement on last year. Plenty of water stations on a hot day, though personally I'd have prefered them at the top of the hill rather than bottom (Menwood Road, Ring Road). Great support on way round, lots of people handing out sweets, orange, unofficial water stations, lots of cheering at the finish. Can't fault the organisation, well signposted, no queue for baggage van, even toilet queue worked great with the metal barriers! (why don't more races do that?) Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: A half marathon of two halves In full: Once the first 6 miles are done all of hills are out of the way and the rest is flat and downhill. Can easily make up any time lost. Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Overwhelming atmosphere, great route and amazing crowds In full: First time I have run a Half Marathon, thoroughly enjoyed it, the crowds and people in the communities we passed were amazing, really gave you that push to carry on. Brilliantly organised! Lovely route. Great day! First Half Marathon in sub 2 hours, definitely running the Leeds Half Marathon again. Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Not fast or pretty but its fun In full: I enjoyed this run, its too hilly to be classed as a PB course and the route isn't exactly inspiring unlike some other hillier halfs like Sheffield but the organisation and goody bag etc were all fantastic as was the support round Leeds so I would recommend this race and wouldn't say anything bad about it, but I probably won't do it again myself. Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Much improved In full: Done this race for last eight years or so - this year was much better, the graded start made the first mile or so far easier (though some of the people who thought they were going to run 1.30 were slightly deluded!) The atmosphere was much better this year - around West Park - with the bagpipers and houses handing out sweets,oranges - and hose piping us - was fabulous. I, inadvertently, entered twice - but one E-mail lead to a quick refund Date of review: May 10, 2015