In short: Aside from the start - a fantastic race! In full: Well, my first 1/2M and I achieved my target so maybe I'm biased but I thought this was an excellent course. I'll echo what other people have said about the start and the need for chip timing however. Date of review: May 17, 2005
In short: Enjoyable run In full: My first half marathon - the course is quite undulating which I wasn't well prepared for. Atmosphere and crowd fantastic. Last mile was fantastic - long and straight downhill towards the castle with an enthusatic crowd cheering you on! Date of review: May 17, 2005
In short: Well organised, good facilities and relaxed atmosphere. The course isn't the fastest - it's noticeably uphill to the top of Bewdley Bank (3 miles) then gently undulating till Swainshill (10 miles) and the rest is flat. Fun day out and a PB by 5 min. Date of review: May 17, 2005
In short: First Time but definitely not the last In full: I decided to enter this run to show off but also to have something to aim towards in terms of training. I began training for it in February, suffered flu throughout March and resumed training in April, so I was totally unprepared. But I made it round the course without stopping in less than 2 and a half hours, which was my target, and now I cant wait to sign up for another! Date of review: May 17, 2005
In short: Challenging yet enjoyable ...... In full: I really enjoyed it. All Great Run events are well organised. I was a bit dissappointed with the plainess of the t-shirt. The quality of it is great but the log on it leaves a lot to be desired. Need to try harder in that respect for next year ! Date of review: May 17, 2005
In short: To echo others comments, chaos at the start. Vast numbers of people hemmed into Millennium Square, long queues for toilets 10 mins before the start, with people pushing into the queue, no organisation whatsoever. In full: Probably the worst start organisation I've seen. The PA announcer seemed more concerned with the corporate challenge runners than the rest of us. We shuffled round back streets to the start, no announcements (does anyone even have a loudhailer?), and eventually we shuffled across the line. My own time was 3 mins less than the official time recorded, so presumably it must have taken that long to start after the elite runners?! Why not start on the Headrow- much more room?!!
BUT really enjoyed the rest of the run, and will be back next year, but hope that the organisers take note of the feedback from runners. Date of review: May 17, 2005
In short: Horrible but I loved it In full: Leeds can be beautiful - Harewood House, Roundhay Park, Eccup Reservoir all host races which are stunning, so why does the half marathon run along the ring road along side the traffic? That said I did it last year, enjoyed it this year and dammit I'm doing it next year!
In short: Well organised, improved route over 2004, Hampton to Kingstone is a very fast stretch, now with enough water stations. Mark this in your calander as an annual event Date of review: May 17, 2005
In short: Start a nightmare again, everything else was great In full: There's a definite need for chip timing (like the Abbey Dash) - I've missed the line up announcements two years running now and have taken two minutes to shuffle to the start. Once past the first two miles I loved it again though - a nice mix of hills, flat and downhill. Will be back next year, but will try to start nearer the front! Date of review: May 17, 2005