In short: Standard half marathon In full: aving completed quite a few half marathons now I was left a little flat after this race. The Leeds half was billed as the flagship event of the series from run for all and I felt it was average and therefore expensive for what it is.
The cost was only made worth it from doing it as part of the White Rose Double package, knocking a few quid off. The bonus tshirt for white rose double ticket buyers was a welcome surprise. The goody bag was pretty good but think with the amount of sponsorship could have been cheaper or included more.
I would advise first timers to complete a smaller field half marathon to be honest as it seemed rather tight in places, but then all do.
People make a lot of the hills but I didn't think they were too bad, despite not feeling it on the day. I don't think it is a must if you want a PB, but still achievable.
Running through Leeds is not great in terms of scenery as you are running purely through the city. The bonus of this though is a large amount of support. Fantastic support might I add.
The weather was very warm and I did see three people dropping out before the 2 mile point and another 2 or 3 people receiving medical treatment so the positioning or amount of water stations may need to be considered or warnings for people on the website, as some people do not take the challenge seriously or are unaware of the pressure it puts on the body Date of review: May 21, 2015
In short: Fantastic Half In full: My 2nd half of the year and what can i say. I loved Leeds.
The people of Leeds were amazing on the day, a few stood outside with hose pipes which were really welcome as it was a very hot day. And loads had sweeties and extra water for those of us that needed it.
I'd heard horror stories about the hills on this course but it was no where near as bad as Sheffield had been. The course does have hills up you can easily make up any time lost on the downhill and the flats. I could have done without finishing on a hill as i was feeling quite sick by that point but given that i'm actually smiling on my finishing photos it can't have been that bad! I'm really looking forward to next year. Date of review: May 17, 2015
In short: Good first half!! In full: This was my first half marathon and i really enjoyed it. It was quite hilly at the beginning and very warm but the supporters along the way were amazing, lots of jelly babies, water, oranges, hose pipes etc The medal and tshirt and really nice and you feel like you have earned them once you finish the uphill finish!! Date of review: May 13, 2015
In short: *** NOT *** Ruined by the badly organised staggered starts In full: Please disregard my review for this event in 2015 they were asking for estimated time in minutes and I was thinking of my time in HH:MI instead. My issues were of my own doing! Date of review: May 13, 2015
In short: disorganised In full: Felt disorganised at the start. I asked a Marshall a question and she didn't know the answer. She didn't even attempt to find out. Just a reply of 'I don't know.' Very pushy and shovey at the start. Very hilly first 5 miles. Some great downhill bits later on. Crowd a bit quiet and atmosphere poor. Could have done with more water as it was a boiling hot day. Several people were carted off in ambulances. I didn't enjoy this race. No large t shirts left at the end either. A disappointing experience. Date of review: May 11, 2015
In short: First time half marathon - had a lovely day. In full: This was my first half-marathon. I had heard terrifying stories about how hilly it was but in reality it really wasn't bad at all. I thought it was very well organised. Any annoyances (nearly knocking someone over who stopped dead at the finish line) but nothing to do with the organisers. It would have been nice to have had a few more goodies in the goody bag, but overall it was just great and I'd heartily recommend it. Fellow runners were lovely and friendly too. Date of review: May 11, 2015