In short: Hilly Half In full: My second Half Marathon, did last years GNR. The hill past Meanwood is a killer, it's worth doing some hill work before this one. Route was a bit confusing around the 7 mile mark but after this it's breeze into the city centre. Even with the hills I beat my GNR time by 10 minutes.
Well organised event although was a bit congested after the finish and took a while to pick up baggage.
In short: Fantastic Race In full: I loved the Leeds half. The organisation was great - water stations all went to plan and were well-manned, the the traffic one the roads was fine. The highlight for me were the pacers - they were brilliant and I really hope they will be present next year. Someone else commented that they didn't like them as it caused slower runners to run together in groups and slowed others down, but I didn't find this to be the case at all. In any case, it is called 'Run for All' so it shouldn't matter if you are fast or slow. Thanks to everyone involved in organising this event, with a special thanks to the 115 minute pacer for dragging me along! Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: A Leeds classic - well worth doing In full: This is my 6th time and I wouldn't miss it for the world! I was a bit worried this year because of the 1,000 extra runners -I needn't have been. Excellent organisation, no bottle necks, friendly marshals and very good support from the locals. Excellent medal and t-shirt. Even the weather was brilliant! I've already signed up for 2015!! Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: Fantastic race :0))) In full: Don't normally leave reviews but found some of the negative comments unfair. I thought the race was very well organised, smooth start, course interesting, I do wonder where the people who say its hilly run - Norfolk?! I was panicking before the race but there is only one big hill and there are some long downhill sections and lots of flat. Great supporters - thanks everyone! Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: We'll organised race for all abilities In full: Excellent race once again. Very well organised and great support in places from the Leeds community. I had forgotten how tough the first uphill section was though, thank goodness the second half is easier. The charities were also out in force supporting runners raising money for them. Excellent goody bag included medal, tshirt, chocolate milk and chocolate bar, perfect for after the race. Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: No Pacers next time In full: This is the third time I have run this race. I don't think that the pacers were a good idea. Whilst the organisers may have had the best of intentions,I don't think that this worked. All that happened was there were large groups of slower runners, which meant that trying to get through them was a nightmare. This ruined it a bit this year for me. There also seemed to be a lack of organisation at the water stations with volunteers not having drinks ready for runners. Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: Was my first half marathon which after reading some of the reviews was quite daunting (hills etc). If you've done some hill work in your training you should be fine with this. The worst bits are at roughly 3 & 6 miles but can be done at a steady pace In full: The downhill bits following them will allow you to pick your speed back up. All in all a great race, would i do it again? Yes, I've already signed up for next year. Do it, you'll love it. Date of review: May 17, 2013