In short: Tough but rewarding In full: This run was planned to take place as part of the Bishop Wilton Show however the protracted period of rain fall caused the Show to be cancelled. The run organisers are to be congratulated for their efforts in managing to keep the run open despite the continuing rain. Even though the field used for parking and finish/assembly was heavily water logged they did get everyone parked and provided toilets and a snack van.
If you like Half Marathons flat and easy this one is not for you. In June I ran the Humber Bridge Half Marathon and, in common with most people, found “the hill at mile 9” a very testing one mile slog. This course features a couple of real testers. Between 3 and 6 ½ miles the hill climbs and climbs and, just when you think the worst is behind, you find another climb from 11 to 12 ½ miles. After this I will treat the hill on the Humber Bridge course with distain! As well as the uphill stretches we also had two crazily fast down hill bursts. As the hill at 6 ½ miles finished we left the road onto a farm road and then onto a gravel and grass (but mainly mud) down hill forest track. This descent would have been fun in the dry, in the rain however things were very interesting indeed with mud and legs flying in all directions as we gained real speed. The next half mile or so was on grass across a section of the Wolds carefully avoiding a herd of Highland cattle. Then back on the road, a stiff uphill section then flat and a bit of a descent to the climb at 11. The down hill run from 12 ½ to the finish was very fast and it was difficult to maintain much control as the road was so wet.
I really enjoyed this run, the hill climbs were really testing whilst the down hills (particularly through the forest) were almost laughably fast. Yes it was chilly and it rained pretty much all the time but the views across the East Yorkshire Wolds were fabulous and the participants supportive of each other.
I would encourage you to give it a go next year – you will enjoy it.
I am waiting the official time but this is what the watch tells me. 7:18, 7:30, 7:30, 8:34, 8:38, (I told you the hill was tough), 7:36, 6:13 (Crazy forest track), 7.50, 7:23, 7:50, 6:26, 8:49 (hill), 6:19 (flying finish). 1:38:28
In short: Quite tough - made harder by the weather. In full: My third half marathon and the best of the three in terms of scenery and the variety of the course - some tough hills but a great off-road downhill.Very friendly event - good finisn at the show ground. Will certainly do this again. Date of review: July 22, 2006
In short: I agree with most previous comments. In full: A superb hilly race which will test those like me who have mostly ran flat!To my suprise i got into a stride and only stopped once on the last hill at 11 miles! The downhill finish is superb and i can`t say that i noticed the "middle aged" commentator! The show is also something for non runners to enjoy although this could all have been different if it had rained... Will try and do this again next year,well done to the organisers -- they put bigger races to shame! Date of review: September 7, 2005