In short: A good race at the right time! A PB for me and lots of smiles at the end In full: As everyone says, a couple of climbs but from previous forum notes I was expecting a lot worse so was surprised when I `sprightly` jogged up the hills. I was amazed at the up hill bit when it was on a cruddy path about two runners wide and there was a guy slowly walking up it in a leather jacket (I tutted very loudly as we all panted past!)It was a real welcome relief after Sheffield two weeks ago when my confidence droped a little bit. I feel lots better this week! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Twelve and half women runners running together.. amazing In full: Amazing atmosphere, with mass warm up (music / instructors), pipers, huge crowds, steel bands, and glorious weather. Ideal race for first time racers... but real hard to get a personal best. Could the griding be more accurate to allow faster runners to run together? Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Not bad ... but could do better! In full: Good atmosphere, excellent t-shirt, fast second half to the course, but ... problems at the start, followed by some narrow sections on footpaths later, meant that I seemed to be passing slower runners for a long while into the race. Chip timing would seem to be a must for future years please organisers! Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Excellent, friendly and challenging. In full: A very well-organised, picturesque and pleasant event with excellent marshalls (especially the gentleman with the life saving bananas at half-way).More prominent mile markers would be welcome next year. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: personally a tough half marathon - having done 7 halfs and 3 marathons in last 12 months - there is pain in them hills! In full: well organised for field size, doubious under foot in places, well marshalled and good feed stations - not sure about competing with Leeds traffic - Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Rated it special as I've now done 7 of them so its good to keep going back. PB potential because, despite a couple of hills there is a lot of flat and some fast downhills too. Give it a go - well worth it. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: My favourite race In full: Great atmosphere, having the 3 race distances really makes this event special - There is something for everyone. The icing on the cake is having water bottles instead of the usual plastic cups that are impossible to drink out of on the run. Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Much better organised than previous years. Staggered start was a great idea. A down point though was the warm up at the start - cant we do it in the park rather than the starting area? Date of review: May 16, 2005
In short: Nice race although starts could be more organised In full: A nice race with excellent support en route - people lining the route at the end of the driveways for the majority of the course. Also a nice memento (a decent cap albeit one with a sponsors logo all over). I wonder how long before they ban them in Touchwood?
I do have a couple of gripes I'm afraid.
1) There were two starts this year - one for the 'quicker' runners, and one for the 'fun' runners.
This would have been fine had the runners in the second start not been stood in the way of the runners in the first start. I had to force my way through to the start line because of a number of people in the second start wanting to be at the front of their second race. I had to virtually fight my through the bank of second starters to actually get going. As a result I spent the first mile of the race weaving past people. I wasn't the only one this affected by this either.
Next year can I suggest keeping the 2 sets of starters definately separated rather than the free for all.
2) Mile markers not accurate. I was concerned to be not be going past the first mile marker until 9 mins 40 secs on my watch. Now I know I'm not the quickest runner but this didn't feel right at all. I then covered the next mile in 8 minutes pretty much exactly without changing my pace. I gave up on the markers after that. With a cycle computer available for less than £10 it can't be that difficult to get the markers in the right place. Date of review: May 16, 2005