In short: 0.2 short, not enough toilets, expensive In full: I have to say not impressed with this. Firstly to charge £2 for parking is really annoying when you have paid £30 to enter. Its just rude. Then there were only 8 portaloos for all 3 races which is penny pinching. The course was advertised as flat and fast which it wasnt. Normally I dont mind the undulation however I went to the race deliberately as part of my marathon training to run quickly. Then to top t off it was 0.2 miles short. Poor do. Date of review: August 8, 2016
In short: Great summer season road race In full: Really well organised race. I especially liked the Rio Olympic themed water station. Great atmosphere. Route well manned by helpful marshalls, and being a August race the water stations were plentiful. Good job all road. Date of review: August 7, 2016
In short: magnificent hilly race with last mile downhill#sprintfinish! In full: Welcoming, superbly organise, great marshalling, medal, refreshments.Even managed a pb on this course! Date of review: August 7, 2016
In short: Another cracker of a 10k In full: 2nd year on the trot I've completed this race and it managed to improve on last year's, which was also excellent. The whole event went like clock work, great scenery, great marshalls & organisers, plus a new PB so very pleased. It is a tough course with a fair few hills, but a superb race. Date of review: August 7, 2016
In short: I love the race - York is a beautiful city - but there are some ongoing frustrations In full: This is my fourth York 10k in a row. I've loved them all and will be back next year so overall feel very positive about the whole thing (and other Run for All events I have done). However, the following need to be improved:
Toilet provision. Was OK today as we got there super early but still had to queue. Double or triple the number of loos required, this comes up in the comments every year!
Car parking. It's never going to be easy and I expect a bit of a wait but the organisation of the car parking was pretty terrible again today. Definitely needs to be improved.
Also, I think there should be more food and drink vans and more for people to do in the event village.
Having said all that, it's a great race and I enjoyed it in 2016 as always. The city of York is lovely, the support was awesome, there was a good atmosphere, the Season Ticket t-shirt was fab, the medal was good this year, the pacers were good.
Great race, could be amazing if there were some improvements in organisation.
In short: a great run In full: I do the York 10k every year. Although I think its expensive for a 10k. I enjoy it. The support is great and encourage you all the way round. My favourite bit is running past the Minster. The marshals are good too and make sure you are ok, if you look like your finding it hard. If you have never done the York 10k you can be caught out by the double loop. Especially at the 9k because you could think you have finished. When you turn and do a loop before you run to the finish. The York 10k is good for the walkers and people who may have a disability. The support given is great. Although expensive Its my favourite 10k and would probably do it next year Date of review: August 7, 2016
In short: Always hot and sticky In full: Deceptive this one. Hot and sticky with very little shade. No major hills but half on gravel track which slows you without you realising. Good mix of club and non club with good support for the last finishers. Best of all the pint in the bar afterwards. Because of the heat could do with another water station on the track. Date of review: August 7, 2016
In short: Great potential ... teething problems to be smoothed out In full: Elementary errors like running out of drinking cups and lack of toilets, but overall enjoyable Date of review: August 7, 2016
In short: Hilly, interesting course, efficient start and finish In full: Hilly, interesting course, efficient start and finish, only niggle would be more toilets - queued 45 minutes and had to leave queue early to begin race. Overall great morning. Definitely will be back. Date of review: August 7, 2016
In short: A charming race In full: My 2nd York 10k, very well organised. Arrived at the car park at 8:30am, parking was seamless. Couldn't see the person doing the warm up, and couldn't understand her instructions. No one within my vision was doing the warm up, so I couldn't copy them, so I just did my own! The spectators were amazing and spurs you on, the finish was well organised, and we got out of the car park as easily as we came in! Definitely recommend this race! Date of review: August 7, 2016
In short: Once again White Star have delivered the most amazing weekend of fun! In full: I can't quite put my figure on what makes White Star events the best, but here goes,
Firstly the atmosphere is great with a tag line Nutty races for nutty people, you know its going to be fun orientated, which it certainly was. With plenty of fancy dress and friendly faces WS obviously attracts fun people. That's not to say there is nothing for the more serious runner. Being a keen trail runner and the Invader having less hills than most, this was a good opportunity for a PB although on this day (the hottest of the year) was not to be.
Which leads me to my second point. The marshalling was epic it felt as though I never went more than a mile without being offered drinks or support. The marshals where supportive and generally well clued up on spotting potential dehydration in runners and ensuring they were well looked after.
I would highly recommend anyone thinking of entering a WSR event to do so. Whether a total beginner or a season pro they would have an amazing experience. Date of review: August 5, 2016
In short: Very scenic and very hilly! In full: Despite the 9am start on a Saturday morning this is well worth doing. Plenty of hills, but once conquered you get great views of the surrounding countryside. But it is tough and added a good 10-15 mins to my average half finish time. One single lap which is good, but at times you might struggle to find the correct route in the trees. But that just added to the fun. And the car park's a good mile+ from the start so you've definitely earned a lazy Saturday afternoon once you've finished. Overall a great course and so much better than some of the pre-VLM halfs I've done, so will return next year. Date of review: August 3, 2016
In short: Amazing scenery over varied terrain In full: I loved this race! Great course over varied terrain (sand, tarmac, track, trail, grass, mud, more sand) with some testing ascent. With the terrain it is not a course you can run 'full-on' for the whole way but that, for me, added to the enjoyment. The scenery was another highlight - spectacular views from the summit of Conway mountain. The last mile is again on sand which makes the last mile even more slog-like than the last mile in any other race. With soft sand in the last 10 metres, competitors were wallowing over the line rather than sprinting. Good fun all round and highly recommended to those liking a bit of variety in their half marathons. Date of review: August 3, 2016
In short: I am now an ultra convert!! In full: Amazing, friendly marshals who made tea and sandwiches on request for your next lap. The course was slightly hilly but the downhills were great for speed. 24 laps was insane but I got there eventually. I had a rest each lap towards the end when it got hard. Having never done an ultra before, this was a great starting race with ample time to complete (10am - 9pm). It was motivating to run with the marathoners when they started at 2pm. Many of the runners were really friendly, encouraging us ultra runners to finish. I stopped to chat with a few and one runner stopped to show me a much-needed stretch during the race (thanks!). Nice location, slightly remote, but lots of greenery. £42 is pricey but worth the time there (6 hours is like a day shift!) Great medal, t-shirt, goody bag and full support from staff throughout the day. I would do it again all day everyday :). Date of review: August 1, 2016
In short: A Special Race .... that with a few minor amendments could be exceptional In full: This was my 97th marathon & I travelled from the South Coast to enjoy the beauty of the wilderness of this marathon circling the foothills of Ben Nevis. The first couple of miles are testing & despite light rain during the event, there was surprisingly little mud - mainly hard packed trails. The first 60% of the event is almost all off road & the last 40% on tarmac. The varied terrain, views, accurate mile markers, goody bag including decent medal & shirt, use of social media, ease of parking at the race, quick result service are all positives. The negatives are a lack of marshals in the early stages causing the leading pack to go wrong on more than one occasion, water stations where the marshals took the tops off the bottles (if its not hot) i don't want to drink a whole bottle at the drink stations but carry; very few bins/liners after the drink stops (in this day & age - do we really have to drop litter, were given no choice); no food other than a few jelly babies near the end & only two gel stops that i noticed. A most enjoyable event that could become a Top Marathon with a few minor changers Date of review: August 1, 2016
In short: You'd be MAD not to do MAD DOG In full: My second running of The Mad Dog 10km and I'll definitely be back for no.3. The course is flat and fast, weather permitting, accompanied by some great live music. The organisation is absolutely amazing and the goody bags put lots of the big city races to shame. It really is worth every penny and you would be MAD to miss MAD DOG! Date of review: August 1, 2016
In short: Incredible value and organisation In full: Tape2Tape really know how to organise a race, everything done to perfection. My only gripe was being told to park up by 8.30 latest for a 10am start, although it is understandable given the volume of runners. The race itself was great; the course gets a bit dull in the middle but it is nice and fast, most local 10k races are hilly. Good t-shirt and medal at the end of the race as well and all for only £10. On a par with Gainsborough, it was that good, and much better than Lincoln at less than half the cost. Well worth signing up to. Date of review: August 1, 2016