In full: Well organised toilets were superb transport the start excellent the support was fab the water stations were a BIG let down the guy on the first station was trying to pour the water out of a bowser as we approached Date of review: October 28, 2010
In short: Tough return of the Bradford Half. In full: Last time I ran a half in Bradford it was sponsored by a long defunct building society (N&P). Good city centre start with a long drag for the first 4 -5 miles. The king of the mountains was a nice touch for those who had energy left at the 10 - 11 mile point. Only let down was final water station. No one was giving out water you had to run across to the other side of the road and help yourself. Date of review: October 18, 2010
In short: Can you say HILLS!?? In full: I think lots was spent to publicize this event, now more needed to assist the runners. I use a camelbak and glad I had it as the water stops with cups was a bit difficult. The local support was welcomed especialy at the hill tops. Better directions as end of race as to where bags and buses to start were located. Mile markers were accurate and marshalls had the route well covered. Goody bag disappointing and the medal doesn't say "half marathon" on it. Date of review: October 18, 2010
In short: fantastic scenery, hills, hills, hills,.not really pb potential, but i got one.poor drinks stations.needs better finish organisation, Direction signage needed for the bag storage. Date of review: October 17, 2010
In short: So...many...hills! But great views and good atmosphere. In full: I underestimated just how hilly this race is, despite being a local. It starts with a steady 2 - 3 miles uphill out of Bradford City Centre and then you are out in Bronte Country going up and down hills with gorgeous panoramic views of the countryside (and the hundreds of runners that were in front of me by this point!). There were lots of locals cheering us on at the top of the hills which was necessary and needed and the atmosphere was really fun and friendly. I did find it really tough up until mile 5 - 6 as the uphill is pretty relentless.
In terms of organisation, I was a bit disappointed that my race pack didn't arrive before the race, but I took my receipt along today and they issued me a number and chip straight away with no problems. It is probably worth noting that there are only I think 4 water stations along the way providing cups of water, so if you drink a lot (like I do) then a camelbak is probably a good idea, as are energy gels. Also the end is a bit strange in Lister Park as there is no separation for runners from people just taking a stroll around the park which felt a bit odd having had the roads blocked off prior to this point.
Overall a really pretty and fun race, but if it grows in popularity at all, organisation will need to grow at least at the same pace. Date of review: October 17, 2010