In short: Overall good race. WIll do again. Sort out the water station though. It was useless. In full: Good race with PB potential. Couple of bumps at 7 and 8k on the bridges crossing the motorway below. Bottleneck at the finish was a problem but I was told it was because somebody had collapsed in the line. Can't blame the organisers for that!! It was blooming hot though. Could a cooler day be arranged next year please!! An earlier start than 10.30 for a race in August might not be a bad idea. Biggest problem was the water station. Wouldn't normally bother with water for a 10k but it was very hot. Picked up a cup off the table and it was empty. Found they were all like that and was then told to hold on while they pour me one! Complete farce!! That needs sorting for next year. Other people were complaining of the same afterwards. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Very Enjoyable In full: My 5th 10k and one of the best, not for PB potential, just the overall good feel of the race. The facilities, organisation, encouragement from the public, the well marshalled water stations were all excellent. The long sleeve t-shirt with the entrants names on the back was a nice touch. It seemed to me to be Hilly from 1.5 to 7k not the 4-7 that was advertised. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere & enjoyable race through a there and back flat course. Lots of people at all levels. Great finish line! In full: Calling out your name over the loud speaker was great and the two girls who put the medal around your neck were very supportive and encouraging! Friends of mine ran the relay and the lack of transport to the change over point was a problem. They had to walk back 4.5 miles and nearly missed out on the food. But other than that it was a great race. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good PB potential In full: ...but beginners watch the first mile as it's all uphill (bonus is that the last mile is mainly downhill,but by then my knees were shot !).Personally could have done with an extra water station out on the course at around mile 12,and it's a bit narrow in places to try and pass people who insist on running 6 abreast.Apart from that it's a great day out - well done to all who finished and are sat at home polishing their medals ! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good organisation from all. Parking spot on, got the bus (feeling lazy)! Started on time, water at the right spots. Friendly marshalls and public. In full: Excellent effort from the team putting together this effort. For me it wasn't my best, hoping for a PB to pull my half time down a few mins. Started off in the line a bit below my expected pace and the got stuck behind lots on the first up hill sections through the town. This meant I was putting in bursts of speed to get past the odd group. By 8 miles my back and legs were a bit knackered and I walked/ran/stumbled home from there. Still an ok time but 10 mins behind my PB. As always though, some lessons learnt for ealry pacing, bring on the Great North Run! Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Good flat course for PBs and can choose between 5 & 10K In full: Did say part of the course was off road, should have been the other way round!
Organisation was good, apart from when the two races split into two and the front runners of the 5K ended up going the wrong way. Once the marshalls corrected the mistake, these guys had probably added 40 secs with the extra distance they ran.
But a really good mix of runners and facilities were great on site. Date of review: September 12, 2005
In short: Decent race, but some km markers seemed a bit off In full: Good flattish course, well marshalled. Route means you pass HQ just after the start and just before the finish, so support is good. Interesting having separate ladies' and mens races - parents seemed to appreciate it (also the fun run). I entered on the day so didn't benefit from a race pack and had trouble finding Morley village hall as it's not in Morley village! A sign or two from there would have been nice. Really not sure about km 1 (long) and 3 (short) - hope the full distance is right!! Date of review: September 12, 2005