In short: Are we there yet? In full: Fast flat race with a good atmosphere, and having your name on the race number is a nice touch. Only got there just in time and started at the back - but there was bags of room to manoeuvre and plenty of space for such a popular event, no squashes or bottlenecks. One quibble - I have reasonable eyesight for an elderly gentleman in the twilight of his years, but I didn't see a single mile marker. I especially would have liked a better handle on things at the end, as it was one of those fiendish 'run past the finish, then turn around and come back' experiences. Date of review: October 18, 2015
In short: Massively impressed - PB and will be back In full: This was my 1st Yorkshire marathon- and 3rd marathon in total. Had heard plenty of positives about the race from fellow club members and decided an autumn marathon was worth a punt. The registration process was seamless and communication prior to the race was excellent. The park and run from Elvington was brilliant too. The race village and pre race atmosphere was good and queues for loos weren't too bad. The course was fine- not too congested with only s few bumps- definitely a race I would do again!!! Date of review: October 18, 2015
In short: Absolutely fantastic (and I've run 27 marathons so have seen a few) In full: An excellent race with superb organisation, great feeling around, great support and good route. Above all, when caught out by apparent injury right at the very end, the support crew were absolutely superb. This race has my highest recommendation Date of review: October 17, 2015
In short: Super friendly, super organised. Highly recommended. In full: I really enjoyed this race again this year after running in 2014. I am never going to win a race but this race gives me a chance to try and beat my PB while still having its challenging moments particularly the mile 18 to 20 stretch. I found this event very well organised and the free medal engraving service at the ends allows you to add a personal touch to a nice medal. This race continues to grow year on year but is not yet too big so you won't feel crowded and get into your stride easily and the crowds are very supportive of all the runners. Date of review: October 17, 2015
In short: Good but not perfect In full: Flat route so good PB potential, except for the wind tunnel effect of the Thames and the very slippery, muddy final mile or so. The muddy finish really let the race down. With thousands of people running over the same narrow wet paths the route quickly became squelchy, slippery and dangerous. I was lucky to be somewhere near the front of the race, with a time of 93 minutes. It was treacherous when I ran that muddy section; by the time people posting two hours + ran through it it must have been like Tough Mudder!
The other failure was that where the half marathon and the shorter race (a 10k, I think) deviated, some of the marshals were confused and shouted out the wrong information. There was lots of confusion and some 10k runners went the wrong way; some half-marathon runners thought they had gone the wrong way and turned back...! All because the marshals weren't calling out clear and accurate instructions.
But if you went the right way and didn't get stuck in the mud there was definitely very good PB potential, reasonable support (Henry VIII was a nice touch), and a nice t-shirt and medal at the end of it. I have high hopes the organisers will address the problems in future races and it'll be a really fast race. I'll almost certainly run it again, provided they address the problems in 2016. Date of review: October 16, 2015
In short: Much more scenic than I expected! In full: You're not very likely to get a PB on this route as there are some hills, but it's a hugely enjoyable tour of the city. You go past some of the city's most famous sights and through some beautiful parks. It was a lot more scenic than I expected, with great views over Liverpool from Stanley Park. Areas like Goodison aren't pretty, but I found them fascinating architecturally - seeing grand, opulent houses just a stone's throw from workers' terraced houses and the industrial history of Liverpool evident at every turn.
The bands were great fun and helped motivate the runners. Of course the bands are only every mile or two, so don't expect it to be non-stop musical entertainment, but they'll give you a boost at regular intervals. There were quite a lot of runners in fancy dress too, which added to the fun.
The Mersey can be a bit of a wind tunnel which made the last few miles hard work - again damaging your chances of a PB. But it was another nice feature on the landscape. Definitely an interesting route.
Well organised at the start and finish and with plenty of water and isotonic stations.
My main grumble is that Rock n Roll franchise feels very commercial. There were loads of promotional emails for other RnR runs and promoting products. I've done other marathons where the emphasis pre-race has been about charity work or community or doing your best. This race felt like it was 10% about the music, 20% about the city, and 70% about the profit. Still, it was a hugely enjoyable day. If you like running marathons for the fun of the occasion - the route, the atmosphere, the challenge - then this one is for you. If it's a PB you're after probably give it a miss. Date of review: October 16, 2015
In short: Fast, flat, slightly lifeless race In full: Flat, fast route although there is a long, steady climb very near the start that had several runners questioning if this was really the UK's flattest marathon. The route isn't the most scenic but is interesting enough, if you're ok with urban running. Challenging winds can be a problem along the large stretches of riverbank or wide roads. Pretty good crowds. Well organised with well placed water and energy stations.
If you're looking for a PB this race gives you a great chance. If you're looking for a life-changing experience this race isn't it. It's solid enough - well organised and decent crowds, but not the kind of race that will make you euphoric. Not unless you smash your PB, anyway! Date of review: October 16, 2015
In short: Well organised and enjoyable run In full: This was the 2nd time I've run the Yorkshire Marathon and my fourth marathon in total.
It's a bit of a trek to York Uni for the start and finish of the race and you can't get near to the start in a car - you'll have to walk a mile. Even the buses don't drop you very close to the start. But the campus does have a great atmosphere and there's plenty of space so everything runs efficiently.
The route heads into York, past the Minster which is great with the bells ringing and good crowds. A brilliant start to the race. (It'd be fantastic if you ran past the Minster a bit later on, when you really need a lift.) Then it's mostly countryside with the occasional village or town. The crowds are sporadic but enthusiastic and generous (lots of high 5s and sweets!) and for a largely rural route they do Yorkshire proud. There are several bands along the route - drummers, bagpipe players etc - which helps gee you on. And the route is gently undulating rather than hilly, with the exception of a short killer hill at 25.5 miles. This hill does seem sadistic, but by that point you're so near the finish line nothing is going to stop you. There are two significant out-and-backs including one between mile 16 and mile 20 (give or take) which can be dispiriting. It's slightly hilly and can be windy at this point, but the crowds here are good so that helps. Overall it's a pretty decent and certainly pretty fast route.
The drink stations, goody bag, t-shirt and medal are all good. I'd prefer more than two energy gel stations though.
Overall a great race that is enjoyable and decent value with good PB potential. I may well run it again. Date of review: October 16, 2015
In short: Excellent new city centre race In full: I think some folk were in a different city to me.
Yes, the finish is seriously uphill but other than that it was pretty flat. In fact an excellent fast, if a little twisty, course. Marshalls everywhere. Crowds almost everywhere including the high fiving dancing lady.
The traffic management needs a little work but that is to be expected for a first event. The route incorporated the good bits of Derby's long established 10k course (albeit backwards) and also the bad bits e.g. a long dull drag through Pride Park to get to Alvaston Park then a long dull drag back alongside the A52. The city centre bits were great though.
The mile markers left something to be desired and the 13 mile marker arrived with half a mile still to run which they crammed into the alleged last 0.1 of a mile. Loved it though and will be back next year.
A great date as well, midway between the other local city halves at Nottingham and Leicester. Don't move it! It also throws down the gauntlet to the Ramathon, Derby's other half.
Only 500 in it but it was hardly advertised, could be a massive race with promotion. Sadly a cheap looking medal and t-shirt.
In short: Yorkshire is great. switchback is horrible In full: Long switchback 17-19 miles is pure horror. Other than that I'd give top marks. Countryside great, great city (not much in cc to be honesttho), good medal. highly recommend (despite the long switchback). Date of review: October 15, 2015
In short: Awesome race In full: This is a review of the 2015 half. For some reason 2015 isn't in the drop down menu. Anyway this goes down as my favourite ever race to date. Yes it was my birthday and I got a pb, but even without those bonuses it was stunning. Stunning atmosphere and scenery, great organisation with a free shuttle to the start (take note Bouremouth), friendly volunteers and a brilliant course with a finish that allows you to sprint like a cheetah. The only tiny gripe - and this is just because I collect them - was there is no medal, but the memory of the race is more important to me. Love the Peaks and love this race. Date of review: October 15, 2015
In short: Nice setting and plenty of pb potential In full: This isn't a race for those who love the crowds as there are plenty of times when you won't see spectators and some occasions where you won't see anyone at all! However as a lover of countryside runs this was great fun, albeit confined to the inside of the nature reserve. The flat course allowed for really good times. I got a pb and came 7th, although my Garmin said I only ran 12.8 miles so it felt like a slightly false pb. Still, a fun day out and well worth the effort. Date of review: October 15, 2015
In short: A great off road race In full: I really enjoyed this race and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys running off road/trails. It is up hill but not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. Excellent organisation and no issues with transport. A fantastic days running Date of review: October 15, 2015
In short: Great scenery, great weather, great race In full: Really glad I did this race. Getting to the start was a bit of a pain because of the traffic but hard to fault it in any other way. I loved the scenery and the pb potential was there because of the flat course. Would recommend it. Date of review: October 14, 2015