In short: Spontaneous Drink Hander Outter In full: I agree with some of the comments made earlier - the side street start was a little too narrow for my liking - whilst the course itself was fine my biggest problems came at the end - trying to cram 4,000+ into a small area to pick up medals, drop off chips and get water was not particularly useful. I ended up standing at the side handing out water myself to help the few volunteers. But i'll be back next year, after all I did get a PB in my Silver Shadows ! Date of review: November 27, 2005
In short: Definite PB course, massive field and closed roads In full: Only slight moan was the number of people starting way too far forward - but the guy on the tannoy must have asked 20 times, so maybe the race just attracts a large number of idiots (or maybe people who think that being able to do programme no. 5 on the treadmill means they're guaranteed a 36 minute 10k) (or people who don't understand English). Date of review: November 27, 2005
In short: PB Achieved on the flat route. In full: A good quick race made better by my PB. Things to improve are the start. Side street was too small main road would have been better. No drinks station. T-shirts are better given out at the end to keep runners warm. Overall its the flat track and fast time that appealed to me. Date of review: November 27, 2005
In short: Embroidered hat and a voucher excellent value In full: Hills: ok there were a few but nothing too scary. Toilets: could have been a few more but again queues not that big. Marshalls: sterling job as always in cold weather. Traffic: mmmm segregation could have been a bit better in some places. Overall: well organised, nice run, will definetely do next year Date of review: November 27, 2005
In short: Good race, excellent atmosphere... hot choccie and mince pie went down a treat In full: Great race, excellent atmosphere, my lungs were fit to burst by the end of the race. Feeling despondent after being taken over by a sumo wrestler and santa with his reindeers. My only criticism that the parking a tad expensive. Date of review: November 27, 2005
In short: Good winter muddy run, it does what it says on the tin... In full: Don't expect regular mile markers and an exact eight miles, content yourself with very happy and supportive marshalls, good scenery, a small sociable field and a reasonable amount of mud. I know which ones I'd rather have! Date of review: November 27, 2005
In short: Why wasn't there a medal? who really wants a woolly hat? goody bag was not good. In full: Directions not very good. Car parking was dismal, it would have helped if there was the opportunity to leave bags in a secure area perhaps with a ticket system as we were very very cold on return and the car was parked too far away. People were friendly. Marshals were good & very encouraging . Refreshments could be orgainised better as there was a long queue and a wait for coffees as they ran out of hot water. However I would consider this run again.
In short: Definate PB potential...... In full: .....but I missed mine by an agonising 10 seconds.
Pretty well organised and simply followed the crowds to the start in the backstreet by the International Pool.
Best things: fast/flat course, chip timing, Kirkstall Abbey at half-way.
Things to improve for next year: water station on the course, better quality medal (although I suppose Help the Aged are wanting to maximise money for the charity rather than spend on good quality medals).
When all said and done a reasonably good event that I enjoyed. Will probably be back next year for another assault on my 10K PB. Date of review: November 27, 2005
In short: Great race, will be back next year! In full: A fast and flat course makes it a good for PB potential. Very well organised - only slight niggle was that I missed out on the water because there weren't enough marshalls at the drinks station. Despite this though, I thought the organisers did a fab job - it's not easy organising a group of 500-odd runners to run along the A40 when it's not closed to traffic! Date of review: November 27, 2005