In short: A few problems but who cares. In full: As one who isn't the fastest person on Earth I didn't have much problems at the start. The March from Millenium Square to the start was quite pleasant and i got chatting to another single, nervous runner. Once started I didn't encounter any problems apart from people who like to walk three or four abreast and don't think of those trying to get past. The distance markers would have been more visible had they been a bit higher (there were a couple I didn't see at all). The water stations still had plenty of bottles when I got to them and the volunteers were hard pressed trying to give them out to the gasping runners. My only gripe was actually at the finish. You crossed the finish line turned left towards Millenium Square and got stuck in a human traffic jam. There was no room to stretch so I got a bit of cramp in my legs.
It's worth doing the run for the support and atmosphere alone. Jane was an amazing inspiration. Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: Terrible organisation at the start. In full: Truly ludicrous organisation at the start didn't help my mood on what was a brutally hot day.
As usual, people were asked to order themselves by sub-40, sub-45, whatever, and lined up with the fastest runners at the front. But then the "corporate challenge" runners were just plonked in at the front alongsie them - meaning that some very slow, first-timers, were starting at the same time as very fast club runners.
I struggled to get round groups of women who were huddled into packs, talking about how they were hungover, and were walking by two or three minutes into the race.
It can't have been much fun for them either, as they went off far too quickly and had people shouting at them to move out of the way. If they'd been put in time order with everyone else, they'd have been able to do their laid-back run/walk and the serious runners would have been able to get by.
In short: poor organisation at the start In full: I must have covered 10.5k during this race due to weaving around Corporate Runners walking at 4/5 in a line for the first 2km. Why are the Corporate runners starting before the masses? Also why are they walking from the very beginning? Not much of an achievement an able bodied person under 50 walking 10km is it really. I'd do it next year if they put the Corporate "walkers" at the back and had better signage about where to start. Oh and memo to God - slightly less hot next year please also. Its a PB course but not in 75 degree heat. Date of review: July 16, 2013
In short: A very boring course In full: This was my second ever race, the first being the Pennine Lancashire 10k in June - so I kind of knew what to expect. But this was on a much bigger scale.
The course was an out and back along Kirkstall Road. "Brilliant - you'll go past the abbey ruins!" I hear you cry. Erm..no, we turned back just before we even caught sight of that. The scenery instead consisted of industrial decay and railway viaducts. Not the best this great city has to offer.
The atmosphere was excellent however. The sight of 1000's of runners warming up to Gangnam Style cheered me up and calmed my pre race nerves a little.
As for the organisation, one must start by thanking the voulunteers who lets remember were unpaid. They did an excellent job overall. The problems the other reviewers mention such as corporate runners walking at the front of the pack do need to be addressed. The problem of the sub 55 minute group being led in front of us sub 50 minuters was caused by the YOUNGSTER with the sub 50 minute placard abandoning his post - the sub 55 minute guy then had no reference point as to where to stop. Maybe an adult would have been a better guide.
Would I do it again? Probably, but I would make sure I registered early and got nearer the front! Date of review: July 15, 2013
In full: Really disappointed with this...start organisation very poor/long wait with corporate walkers to try and pass: Marshalls actually texting as we went past them! Distance markers obscured: water stations poorly flagged and ill prepared for hot day. As for the course-yes,flat and easy but so so boring with petrol stations shops and not much more! Dreadful, but at least my money went some way to a great cause..it wont be next year though! Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: Better organised than the Hull 10k but only just ! In full: Why do corporate runners have to start from the front? I know they start on the other side of the road but soon spread across the whole road of course. Some very slow runners and even walkers starting from the front. Ridiculous.struggled to get past them. Can't be pleasant for them either to have faster runners trying to find a way through. I think this has to be addressed before I would consider entering another Jane Tomlinson race. Unfortunate to be saying this as it is a great charity. Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: Run for fun In full: Looking at some of the reviews, please bear in mind this is primarily a fund raiser. As one of the corporate runners (and a club runner) I would have to agree with the complaints but can't see a way around it. Start them off early and they'll still impede the speed merchants, start them after the main race and they'll hit the tail enders and after all, there is a competition for the corporate runners as well. I must confess I wouldn't normally run it as I don't like the mass events, it's just one of those things, after all there are plenty of other smaller club races about for those that want a proper race without all the bells and whistles (and walkers...) Date of review: July 14, 2013
In short: WHAT NO TIMING PENS? In full: Poorly organised, Why no timing pens like Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k, Walkers starting at the front on really narrow roads caused no end of bumps etc, Also the woman marshall at the turn who stood out as I ran by-Cheers!
In short: Less runners, better organisation In full: The start of the race was disorganised. Whilst making my way to the starting area I noticed a load of runners walking by and joined the queue as this was my starting group. (The race was split into two starting areas depending on your number). This didn’t work well as my group started the race 10 minutes after the starting gun had fired. It also felt like we had to walk quite a distance to our starting position which seemed to be down a back street?
The race itself seemed far too busy with too many slow runners and corporate runners walking in long lines 50 metres after the event and at various points during the race. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that if you run a 10K in July that it is going to be hard work and perhaps this may not be the one to enter as a ‘first timer’. Whilst I agree that the fee goes to a good cause, I do think that there needs to be a disclaimer or terms and conditions that disallow first time runners from participating in this event due to the risk of getting injured due to the heat.
I think if the organisers could revaluate their position with how many runners they allow participate and how they organise the start and finish then this would be a very good race to enter. I would pay extra to run this race with less runners.
The Technical T-Shirt was of good quality and there was a medal, which is always a bonus.
In short: Usual big issues with 1sk walkers 3 a breast In full: Run for all organise races well, I did prefer last years course Kirkstall road is rather boring, my only gripe is the Coorperate 'runners' who walked from the start stayed side by side and blocked much of 1st K. also a lot of vomit flying in the heat, but in the heat it was to be expected! Date of review: July 14, 2013