In short: Nice race - shame about the crowds In full: Just to echo what many people have said already.... 1 - There was no segregation between fast and slow runners. It took me over a minute to cross the start line and due to congestion I was already 1 Minute down my usual pace at the 1km point.Why people feel the need to queue up 40 minutes in adavance of the start I have no idea. There were green and red runners but they both started together - craziness!
2 - There were wheelchair entrants but there were parts of the course which were too narrow for both wheelchairs and runners - either find a wider road or let the wheelchairs set off 20 minutes or so in advance.
Other than that a nice, fairly flat run... will these issues be sorted for 2011 ? most likely not as the same comments have been made in previous years Date of review: July 6, 2010
In short: bob and weave!! In full: My watch says 10.3k and I can understand it with the amount of sideways dodging at the start. There were pens of sorts last year which as an average runner meant no walkers in front. I bettered last year by a minute but wonder how much faster if I started running from the start (2 mins behind target at 1st k was a bad start!!) This event must attract more beginners than any other in Yorks and I find that utterly inspiring, indeed 2 work collegues ran 10k here for the 1st time in around an hour any it was so good to get to watch them come in and cheer them home and thanks to Jane's legacy there are 2 more in the world with the running bug.That said there is nothing worse than watching an overweight middle aged man trying to impress his young female work collegues by havin all the gear and bragging at the start how easy 10k is only to see him sprint off then start barfing at 2k!! Did any one see if he finished? I just hope he gave loads of money to charity for his 'efforts' as that is what this wonderful and wonderfully fustrating race is really all about Date of review: July 5, 2010
In short: Promising but a few tweaks still needed. In full: To get the bad out of the way, don't even bother with a goodie bag if you aren't going to put anything in it! It is a valid point that the energy drinks on course were in a cup and should be in a bottle. I ended up with half of it in my eyes which isn't a pleasant experience.
I didn't have a problem with queuing as I was up near the front (I'm getting better at guessing where I should be- chip and gun finishing places were 3 apart) but I can see why this would be a problem and time groups should be introduced.
The atmosphere was fantastic and the km markers were clear. The course is fairly flat so has PB potential IF you can avoid the overcrowding. But is is a Run for All and has that feel about it, which is great and allows for a much wider participation and takes away any sense that this is just for an elite group.
Big thanks to the stewards and St John's Ambulance who did a superb job on the day. Date of review: July 5, 2010
In short: Amazing atmosphere, Dont expect a PB (Like I did :-( ) In full: The atmosphere was amazing, excellent support all the way, loved the various bands that had come out in support. Very slow race though, queuing at the halfway point and it was awful running up meanwood road as it was just to busy. except for this it was an excellent day with lots of drink stations and a good mix of age and abilities. Date of review: July 5, 2010
In short: Brilliant but could be better In full: Loved - loved - loved the atmosphere, but could do with better organization, especially considering the size of the event. Runners should be at the front, may be a different coloured BIB could help, joggers and walkers at the back.. had to stop and walk at certain points because of bottle necks and felt bad in asking people to let me through every time as I was going really slow and saying "sorry, sorry coming through!". Certainly not a PB event unless these issues get sorted. The goody bag was very bad.. Which goody bag? I don't mean to be ungrateful but a chocolate and some fruit flakes inside a large empty bag? T-shirt was really good, have to admit with choice of size which is great! Plenty of water and Gatorade at the start and finish, shame about the gatorade point during the race giving gatorate in the cups which was a mission to drink, had it all over my face so had to stop to drink it.. could not they make small bottles for these type of events? The full bottle would be such a waste same as for 500ml bottles of water thrown away.. It is a big brand, they should think of these things!!! Marshalls were amazing, people cheering were extremely supportive, will def make my way up to Leeds to take part to this event next year as I do want to support such a great cause, this event seems to be growing fast every year so the organizers have a tough job ahead to keep up with it!!
In short: Gets better every year In full: This is the 3rd time I've taken part in the Leeds run and by far my most enjoyable (despite my slowest ever time but this had more to do with the lack of training than anything else). I found the field less cramped than previous years (apart from a bottleneck just before 2k and again at the turn). It was great to see Paula Radcliffe there this year. Jane Tomlinson was a special lady and I will continue to support these events. Date of review: July 4, 2010
In short: As always brilliant, nice, good feeling race In full: Starting pens would help but it still relies on people being honest about their abilities! At Hull there were start pens and yet walkers were on at the front! Lovely to have Paula Radcliffe and Nell McAndrew joining in as well as the occasional celeb too - Chris Chittell (Eric Pollard of Emmerdale) - could do with more celebs to raise the profile of this excellent 'home grown' event. Date of review: July 4, 2010