In short: Great challenging race. In full: Hardest half Ive done but proud to say I didnt walk any of it. Beautiful scenery. Well worth doing but probably wouldnt recommend it for a first half. Back next year and hope the beer tent is open;-) Date of review: July 23, 2007
In short: Fantastic race despite the weather In full: I was worried this was going to be cancelled but I'm really glad it wasn't. There was a really friendly atmosphere. This is one I will defo do again...it would be nice to do it with the show on next year! Date of review: July 23, 2007
In short: Well done to all who organise this race! In full: Enough said about the hills,this is a challenging race and made all the more special by the organisers.To set up the run on a rainy day like today and stand there getting soaked for 2 hours gets my praise any day! Sorry to here that there was some confusion at one junction,i have done this run before so can,t say i noticed.The mug is a nice souvenier and i will do this one again if possible.(p.s i am in no way connected with the organisers,just giving credit when things are done right!) Date of review: July 21, 2007
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