In short: Hills, Hills and a nice long flat canal side! In full: It might look like a nice ramble through the woods and accross the moor, but its hard work! The marshalls were great especially those at the water station at 8.5 miles! Date of review: April 7, 2009
In short: Tough course. In full: Back to run after a three year gap, didn't remember it being so difficult. The canal part was fine though, but the hills (short, sharp shocks). Really know you have completed a half-marathon when you have finished this one. Will be back next year and would recommend this to anyone. Date of review: April 6, 2009
In short: Great way to spend a sunday morning... In full: Looking around it did feel quite 'clubby' at the start, but friendly. As a first time Baildon Boundarian I thought the route was great. Just the right mix of terrain, scenery, long flat stretches & hills. Off-road the ground was perfectly soft but not boggy.
I'd like to come back next year. Just hope I'm as lucky weather-wise!
Thanks to all involved including the great marshals (& the walkers who offered support to runners).
In short: Great organisation, great course. In full: Really enjoyed this race. The weather was glorious and the organisation was superb. If you fancy doing an off-road (mainly*) half-marathon then I would definitely recommend this. The course is mostly quite flat with one long hill and a couple of short ones. I'll definitely be back next year. *There was a surprising amount of tarmac in the first three miles. Date of review: April 6, 2009
In short: Brutal Boundary Way! In full: My first off road half and there is no mistaking that elements of this are extremely tough, especially for someone as mal-cordinated as me! As it happens, I actually only fell over once so I was pretty pleased! Some aspects were easy, especially along the canal, but the wooded areas were very unstable underfoot and you had to pay full attention where you were putting your feet. A local chap warned me about the 9 mile point and God, he wasn't exagerating, the hill through the woods and then to get through there only to face the uphill slog on the treacherous moorland. Sadistic is an understatement. Thankfully it was relatively dry underfoot. I can't fathom how people have managed when it's been wet. All that said it was a very enjoyable course. Despite a rubbish finishing time, I felt a real sense of acheivement when I finally made it to the finish line, even with that last uphill section and steps to conquer. I thought the bum bag and the well earned bottle of wine were good mementos. My only slight criticism is that bottled water would have been a better touch at the end as a plastic cup didn't really quench my thirst after all that effort. Will be in my diary for next year - weather permitting! Date of review: April 6, 2009