In short: Do this one every year - seemed much more congested this time round which hindered chances of a PB. Tip for next year get as close to the front as possible! In full: Do this one every year - seemed much more congested this time round which hindered chances of a PB. Tip for next year get as close to the front as possible! Loved receiving a medal at the end of the race! Date of review: April 9, 2006
In short: If it wasn't a flat pb course, would anyone bother? In full: The good points for this race are that it is flat and fast. Also, as my "home" 10K it is easy for me to get to.
However, now the bad points!
Why did they change the start from last year to a narrower road? Why did they change the finish so it was so chaotic? Please sort these things out - it is not difficult to do it well. Date of review: December 19, 2005
In short: PB race so i'm not complaining (too much)! In full: This was a thoroughly enjoyable race, let down somewhat by the difficulties at the start. I couldn't find the time markers so just hung around the back which on this occasion didn't leave me stuck behind any walkers. Didn't see the water station at 5k but I was taking it too seriously at that point. The end was fantastic but what's with the hill coming up to the Headrow, that's just harsh! The medal was very disappointing and no goody bag!! I'll be back next year and I will break 50 minutes this time.
In short: not one of the most scenic but a good run In full: how is one expected to start where the officials would have liked us to when after going to the toilets the queue was still in the 35mins zone and i for one was unable to find my way through all the runners who were wanting to be stood there and the ones waiting to go to the loo's, nice run it's getting more popular which is really good for " Help the Aged " which is why we run this race " isn't it?" Date of review: December 1, 2005
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: 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 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: 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