In short: Hilly and Hard. No fancy dress fundraisers here! In full: A great challenging early season race. Small enough to retain the friendy village feel, the course is hilly enough to stretch most runners.
How Hilly is Hilly? Like beauty, hills are in the eye of the beholder. I train a lot over Winter Hill and tried to do a comparison using MapMyR**. The web profile made the hills at Liversedge look like gradual and even 3% ascents and descents. This is not the case!!! There are several long and sustained 10-15% climbs and even if hills are your thing, it's enough to slow you down.
You'll never get within 5-10 minutes of a PB (unless it's your first!) but it's cheap, it's friendly, the scenary is great and it was blimin good fun! And the cream scones made by the lovely ladies in the community centre were a welcome treat at the end.
In short: Cracking race In full: The race start was very well organised with picking up off numbers from the local community centre. The start line was a few mins walk away and clearly signed. The guy at the start with the microphone was doing a great job!
The race starts with a good opening mile down hill not what i like as i know it will only mean finishing back up!
The first half is quite towny with a very steep downhill after 5 miles. Then the fun begins with a few big hills. Race mainly on roads or concrete footpaths more main roads than i was expecting and not really any off road sections. More up and downs to finish.
Overall a very well organised and friendly local race. (Not sure if there is any better routes tho to avoid some of those main roads!) Date of review: February 14, 2010
In short: A very tough, but enjoyable race In full: This, was my first half marathon, and boy, did I pick a belter. I was told it was tough, and it was. More hill training required. Can't wait to come back and try it again. Date of review: April 28, 2009
In short: Lovely hilly race :o) In full: Nice hills, but probably not as hilly as I was expecting. A good course, well marshalled, friendly people. Lovely cake/tea place in the hall too. A great t-shirt, long sleeved!! Shame it wasnt chip-timed, but not too many runners so not a great difference between clock and Garmin. Date of review: March 19, 2009
In short: Great tough half marathon In full: a lot of long hills but also a lot of downhill. Felt hard but that might have been because it was my first half marathon. Nice long sleeved top and great views! Date of review: March 17, 2009