In short: Maybe a little Weagie bias here. In full: I was sceptical about the new course, but it does give superior views over river. However it does seem to add to the congestion, to the extent, in my opinion, of being a little dangerous (not like playing Russian roulette dangerous, but on the Kingston Bridge you could imagine someone tripping and a lot of people struggling to avoid them). The start is now a long way from the changing and you can imagine that not being so clever in bad weather. The cost of this race is also very steep. Per mile/km the 10k must be one of the most expensive races in the UK. However a good atmosphere and reasonable course in a very friendly city. They just need to start the race later or persuade the city fathers to allow alcohol to be served earlier, as there's a fairly long wait at the end for that celebratory pint!
In short: great first half - poor second - too many parts of the course which have been added to make up the distance - there's 4 lots of two way running - needs a rethink Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: great race but too congested at the start for a PB (unless you push towards the front) In full: Start was appauling. Everyone had different coulored bibs dependending on expected time which showed where they should start. So why do so many ignore it. Also, from start to bridge was far too narrow. Route should change to accomadate the large start. Huge amount of congestion until over the kingston bridge meant first mile took 2 minutes longer than any others. However, atmosphere was excellant including bands and pipers. Nice to have some shade in the park. I realy enjoyed running this once I got past the first mile Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: Chaotic at the start. Scenic first third, pretty dull middle third, picked up again in the final third. Challenging route. In full: The start of this years marathon was total chaos. The spectators were not properly separated from the runners and the runners were lined up at the start with wildly differing abilities. All that said once underway everything was well organised. The route was as challenging as the previous years. I was glad that the organisers decided to run out and along the coast in the opposite direction. One other thing is I would have liked to have seen more waterstations providing energy drinks.
All in all it was a very enjoyable race. Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: all your hill training and speed sessions in one go! In full: a very undulating ( that's polite for hilly!)course with both ups and downs of equal severity with a total of about 55 metres climb and descent on each circuit of 5k (that's 180 feet in 3 miles). Being a two lap race you know what's coming the second time around though as I live on the course there is not too much novelty about it. Field about 800+ and of all abilities with plenty of encouragement for the slower ones at the finish. Weather has always been good for the race and Harrogate at that time of year looks very attractive and is a good day out with plenty of parks, pubs and restaurants nearby. Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: Good Race In full: Psychologically challenging as there are area with hairpin bends so those in front are running the opposite way. Very windy the last 8 miles or so, which was a killer. Great nonetheless. Date of review: September 16, 2004
In short: It was fun. What made this special was that I found someone to tag along with. I was a beginner but he was still going to run about 10 miles later that evening. This was his warm up! Lots of fun, but the turnout could have been better Date of review: September 16, 2004