In short: You know what you get with this one. In full: Good atmosphere on a chilly Yorkshire Sunday. Only gripe was with the post race arrngements in getting medal and water. Different set-up to finish which was frankly chaotic. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Enjoyable 10K race with a killer hill at the end In full: I really enjoyed this 10K, the atmosphere at the start/finish was really nice. Brass band playing xmas carols was a nice touch and really helped get in the xmas mood. Mince pies (I admit, I did have more than one or two) and mulled wine at the end were very welcome! A bit demotivating to be overtaken by "Mr. Sumo" after just a few mins :-) The hill at the end was hard going (I had to walk) and I think probably put pay to any ideas of a PB. My only suggestion for improvment would be to have proper kilometer markers up. I had no idea of my pace, I only saw one sign "4 KM to go" plus the drinks station was at 5K ... I think. So I found it very hard to pace myself round properly.
Any grumbles about the cold were swiftly forgotten when you think about the conditions the lifeboat volunteers have to put up with when they are out on a call. I hope the forestry commision considers donating some of the "windfall" they received in parking revenues (£4 on average per car - very steep) to the RNLI. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Good as my first 10k, startline crammed so couldn't make way to back to get out of faster runners way ....only 4 people dressed up ...it is a charity run after all! In full: Well for a start it was near on impossible for us to squeeze back any further than the 50min mark due to how tight everyone was crammed in!, this led to more competent runners getting narked even though we moved to the side to get out of their way & even started quicker than we should so not to cause any congestion!.
Reading other reviews it sounds like people are blaming beginners rather than the organisers, it's all very well saying that the guy on the tannoy was saying make sure you at the correct starting place but when you can't move through the people to get to that spot what are you meant to do????
All in all I enjoyed the run, very easy going for a beginner, I ran it in 67mins with full fancy dress costume & me and my fellow runners raised £350 for Cystic Fibrosis, so now I have the bit between my teeth, the ciggies are going to stop and I'm going to start training more seriously so can get fit, loose weight & get my fat body under that 60 mins :)
So bring on my next 10k in the new year :) Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Not as beginner-friendly as expected, but a good course. In full: As a beginner (this was my first race), I enjoyed this course. The flatness, city centre accessibility etc. makes it ideal for us. In response to some of those who have complained about us stupid beginners clogging up the route, I think you should look to the organisation and the narrowness of the street where we started. No "pens" were visible from where I was standing and so, despite the warnings over the tannoy, I had to guesstimate how far back to stand and just keep moving backwards in the hope that I was in the right place(and then disconcertingly found myself overtaking people for the first couple of Ks, which were very crowded).
As someone else has commented I have no idea whether to subtract 2, 4 or 5 mins from my time as it took ages to start.
Traffic starting up at around the 6-7k mark was also disconcerting. I had taken my own water, luckily, but was surprised not to see any en route.
Lots of cheering from stewards and onlookers was nice though and the warm up at that early, chilly hour helped. Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: A great and very well organised race. At the end the runners were rewarded with free tea and coffee and a huge selection of delicious home made cakes - a nice surprise! Mostly flat course, ideal for a PB (I improved by 7 minutes!) Date of review: November 29, 2005
In short: Well organised, good atmosphere, first 5.6Km uphill! In full: First 5.6Km uphill according to my Forerunner - a challenge at the beginning and quite hard work! Roads very wet - more like rivers in places as a result of the severe weather that morning! Still enjoyed it and the medal at the end was a nice surprise. Well orgnised. Will be there again next year I hope. Date of review: November 28, 2005
In short: A good event that is spoilt a bit In full: Some people have been a bit harsh about slower runners at the front, but it really is a serious problem. The start is like the Great North but a bit worse as a lot of people are going off quicker. It is clear that many people utterly ignore the pen timings, and many 60min+ runners are in the sub 32 pen which is just stupid. It causes utter chaos and near collisions all over the place. It also adds a lot of time to hundreds of other runners. Date of review: November 28, 2005
In short: This could feasibly be renamed "The Silage Shuffle" In full: Two weeks on and my trail shoes are banished to the garage their pong is so bad as a result of this chilly canter! The course is a very generous 8.5 miles mostly through cowpats which were uncannily viscous. The combination of several cold dunkings and one lengthy wait in freezing water followed by an icy blast of hosepipe meant that despite running over what felt like sticky toffee pudding all morning my legs were not sore at all - Either that means I didn't try hard enough or it could mean the organisers really DID think of everything - obviously I'm with the organisers on this one! The t-shirt was lovely and very welcome to keep the chill out whilst I gobbled my KitKat - I'm sure they never used to taste that good. Back for more next year but please, please sort out the whole ditch situation so some of us don't stand freezing for ten minutes whilst others blatantly cheat along the bank - thanks. Date of review: November 28, 2005
In short: It just gets more gorgeous each year! In full: Only a week to go until this year's race and I realised I hadn't rated last year's effort. The setting is superb and you make your way to the start inhaling the evocative smell of the National Trust gift shop - anyone who spent their formative years being whizzed through these places will know what I mean - the combined chocolate and rose soap scent start the day nicely and make a pleasant change from linament! This is the race with just the best atmosphere of the year - it's a combination of the location, the proximity to Christmas, the sneaky (big) hills and joy of the bar at the halfway mark. It is the only race I know of where it is possible to have a pint of Guinness and a hot mince pie at the 5 mile mark - not that I've tried! I love this race, the kids love playing in the gardens, my husband loves the view and it's got the best finish lnie ever! Date of review: November 28, 2005
In short: city race mostly up and back a dual carriage way In full: disappointed that the road was reopened within minutes of the start, so we plodders were running in the fumes of crawling traffic for the first 4 km Date of review: November 28, 2005