In short: Loved my 1st Leeds Half! In full: My 9th half marathon but first time doing the Leeds Half. I've heard a great deal about 'those hills', but was surprised by the long stretch of downhill road which you could really go on flying down to make up for any loss time due to those hills, which are really just a slight incline!
Good atmosphere, lots of local folks out offering refreshments, sweets, oranges.
Start was very congested and therefore poorly signposted as it was so congested, you don't know what's where, and simply had to follow the person in front of you! It would be better to have proper timed sections, as there was no way of getting to the pacers nearer you're expected finish time, although the pacers were a new welcomed addition! Where I started, I had to run past 2 pacers before I got to the one that would be useful for me!
Good race overall, I have already signed up for 2015 as I live near the start, would be rude not to run it! Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: Fantastic atmosphere, great route! In full: I had heard terrible things about the route but honestly do not know what the fuss is about! Yes, there were hills but it is NOT uphill for the first 6 miles...a bit uphill and across between mile 2 and 4 and then again just before mile 6...but what goes up must come down and there are some fantastic downhill sections! The atmosphere was great and the crowds around the course really gave me a boost. This was my first half marathon and it exceeded my expectations, I have already signed up for next year! Date of review: May 14, 2014
In short: Tough but enjoyable race In full: Well organised but enjoyable race. My first Leeds Half Marathon. The first 6 miles were tougher than I expected as virtually all up hill. Best bit was the last 3 miles following the Leeds Abbey Dash Route, (fairly flat). Already booked next years - up for the challenge. Minor gripe could have done with an energy gel and/or energy drink mid way, (even if increased the price to pay for it), but overall great race - see you next year! Date of review: May 13, 2014
In short: Need race pens In full: sixth year in a row running this, and I am normally allocated an elite runner number but for some reason not so this year. Had to jump over and back a barrier to get near the 95 min pacer. Would make sense to have several time pens with pacers rather then the current system which is a bit of a free for all. Race was great, especially love the change to the route after weetwood and flying down butchers hill was the most memorable part for me. They seemed to have moved the last water station this year, so I was gasping for a drink at 12 miles but couldn't get one :(
Overall:Great big city HM, tough 1st half, fast 2nd half.
In short: Well organised, friendly race In full: First time at Leeds. Overall very positive experience. Found it very well-organised, terrific marshals, great camaraderie among runners and nice atmosphere in the city centre. Tech t-shirt lovely, so much better than "souvenir" cotton ones. Water stations well stocked and staffed.
Downside, just minor points but for a city the size of Leeds, the support around the route was a bit thin - honourable mention to Horsforth and parts of Meanwood where people did come out. Ring road section was narrow and got congested so overtaking difficult.
But overall, cracking organisation and a good day out. Would recommend. If you like hills :) Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Really well organised, nice route with a couple of long slow hills but plenty of flat and downhill to make up for it. Great goody back, love the t-shirt & medal. I'll be back next year! Date of review: May 12, 2014