In short: Phew, what a scorcher! Fantastic going over the bridge, Monster hill after mile 9 In full: I should have read the reviews before choosing this as my first ever race of any kind! Saying that I finished it in 2h10m not bad for a vet. + beginner. I had prepared for the distance but the hill after 9 miles was something else, it just seemed to go on forever (it's 1 mile) and with high hedges on both sides there was no breeze, proper sun trap. There were many runners receiving medical help on this stretch, I would suspect mostly due to the heat. I heard it touched 32 deg that day. The first time over the bridge was fantastic, I have driven over before but running over was a completely different experience, especially as it was closed to traffic on this side, the return leg was restricted to the footpath the views were probably as good but by this time I just wanted to see the finish line. Perhaps not a good beginners race due to the hill unless you are well prepared, I walked half of "the hill" but from every other aspect it was a brilliant event. I have nothing to compare with but I thought it was well organised, well marshalled, plenty of water stations and lots of free showers from helpful residents on the route. Loads of free parking. I have booked my place for 2012, hoping for cloudy but dry :-) Date of review: April 26, 2012
In short: Always hot, but hilly and fun In full: The satisfaction of getting to the top of cardiac hill still upright was worth all the effort. The race should start at 9.00am so slow plodders like me dont roast! Will be back next year. Date of review: July 2, 2011
In short: The Best!! In full: As a veteran of half marathons this is the best! Held in June so expect the heat and train accordingley. Fantastic organisation, St Johns crew everywhere (you do not always see this in other races,) salt of the earth spectators who saw to our every needs! My only plea - more loos at the start please! But apart from that a big thank you!!
My condolences to Matthew Goods family, my thoughts are with you. Date of review: July 1, 2011
In short: A must do race In full: I hope the organisers think carefully before deciding to move this race from late June. An earlier start would be a better option. I do not fancy crossing the bridge in cold, wet conditions.Under the circumstances I think the organisation was first class. Date of review: June 29, 2011
In short: Challenging race made more difficult by total lack of thought In full: Why did the race start at 10am? By the time runners were reaching the challenge of Gravel Pit Lane the temperature was soaring. Why did the fun run not start after the half marathon? This race should be starting at 9am if it continues to be run in late June.
With one death, and about 40 needing medical attention it simply isn't acceptable to be run so late. Date of review: June 29, 2011
In short: Fantastic experience very well organised loved every minute. St Johns ambulance worked their socks off and the support from the public was fantastic. It should be scheduled in a cooler month. Date of review: June 29, 2011
In full: This was the first race my husband and I did and loved it! Unfortunately the buildup of traffic meant that we really did just make the start but it did not spoil our day. The crowd were fabulous and we were most grateful for the little extras that some of the spectators threw our way. Having never been to any other races, I don't know how many water stations are normally there but there seemed to be ample (although I did also bring my own bottle which I finished) until that last stretch; it would have been good to have one on the bridge. St John's Ambulance was out in force and they worked their socks off. I passed a few runners who had collapsed on the bridge and hope they have recovered and my heart goes out to the family of Matthew Good.
As a first race, it was tough but it will definitely be in our annual diary. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day and made our first race a special one. Date of review: June 29, 2011
In short: challenging but worth every stride In full: not badly organised but like others have said the amount of water in the cups at the stations was a little unbelievable - it was good to see some of the attendents handing out bottles, i would have given it more score for value if some fruit was available at the end. i just had to do this half for the experience of running over that bridge and it was definately worth the trip. i kept expecting a huge gradient at the infamous 9 mile mark but it wasnt so bad, it slowed me down but isnt that just a part of the challenge? Date of review: June 28, 2011
In short: If you can't take the heat, stay away from the Humber! In full: Pretty tough course, plenty of gradients and as tradition dictates pretty hot(25+.)Know what you're getting yourself in for, especially if you don't usually run that far or have only agreed to do it for charity and train accordingly or you may find yourself falling off the course. (It's actually more deadly than the MdS statistically speaking) This should have more entrants than it does get, mainly, I think, because of the heat.Organisation was superb and I talked to runners who thought it was better organised than some of the more high profile, bigger field events. Date of review: June 28, 2011