In short: Fantastic for first timers, sunny and great atmosphere and organisation In full: Fantastic for my first half.Great atmosphere and supportive locals. Personally I liked the scenery although it was mainly through residential streets and a long stretch on the motorway which may put off those who enjoy a countryside view. Really well organised, loads of marshalls at the beginning in Millennium square and plenty of toilets before the start line, good safe baggage area. Think the baggage vans could have been better explained on the pdf race guide, though.
Wasnt too impressed by goody bag- no drink in it at all and isotonic drinks were on a separate stall. There was a rather pointless van near the end of the route which sprayed out water but it just landed on my feet rather than face, so didnt cool me down. The locals' hosepipes were much better (perhaps plusnet should think about buying a bog standard hosepipe next year). If I'm being picky the hosepipes and water stations wouldv been better off nearer the start of the race as the first 3 miles is when I was hottest.
Extremely sunny and warm, so I recommend suncream and very light clothing/shorts for any potential 2017 runners. I'm not sure if the orange slices were provided by run for all but although I personally didnt take one they were a good idea. Couple of locals provided sweets and ice (not sure what the ice was for).
I recommend making use of every water station even if its just to chuck it all over ur face to cool down. There only seemed to be two toilet stops and they didnt have an sinks in, only hand gel, which was a let down. On the issue of the hills, I was dreading the first 6 miles which I'd read comprised of hills. To my shock I could only count 2x 'hills' throughout the whole race- one near Aldi about 3 miles in and then the hill up the motorway back to town past Holiday Inn. Sure there were a few stretches of upwards incline but on the main it was in fact DOWNHILL! I couldnt believe how much of it was downhill, so in my opinion its very beginner and PB friendly , especially as there are no points for beginners where you would be completely by yourself, always fellow runners nearby.
Thanks go to the inspriring guy in the wheelchair, Pieman, a yellow sweatshop runner and guy in a purple t-shirt for providing me much needed motivation. Also thanks to the people handing out free water ? Mike's watering hole? Overall, great race and definitely rate it higher than the York 10 Mile :) Date of review: May 9, 2016
In short: Fantastic event. Loved every minute. In full: It was a typical Run For All event. Superbly organised. Fantastic atmosphere. Super medal with quality finishers shirt & goodie bag. It's difficult to think of any negatives to be honest. 10/10 Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Nice, early hills, clear downhill to finish. In full: It was unusually warm this time but there was plenty of water and a cooling van. Nice and friendly with lots of families out to cheer. The baggage claim was hard to get back to at the end but otherwise - a great event! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Let down by no 65 age group category-a disgrace In full: Its a great event that not every runner can afford to enter. My main beef however is that they have no age group for F65 or M65. Anyone that knows anything about running will know that there is a huge difference between running at 60 and running at 69, yet this organisation ignores this fact. It beggers belief !! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: Really enjoyable race and great atmospheres marshals let it down In full: Had to stop to help someone who'd collapsed Marshall was useless, took her 10 mins to read her card of how to contact medics! Then another runner had to speak to them as she didn't know what to say, if this had been a cardiac arrest I dread to think what could have happened. People need immediate assistance when unwell in these situations! Date of review: May 8, 2016
In short: A hot half marathon that went smoothly! In full: It was hot! But the whole race went seamlessly throughout. Plenty of water available enroute, one official hose pipe with 2-3 more hose pipes from supporters which were very welcoming and much needed in the heat! In case the supporters were not sharing their hose pipes, it's worth the organisers planning further 'showers' as it's a long distance in the heat.
The start, the finish, the goody bag and medal went smoothly, but someone did fall at the start on the Headrow, probably tripped over the railing legs, as it was a narrow start. May be worth having a narrowed funnel at the start to regulate the flow of runners at the start.
The crowds were amazing which really helped! The roar near the finish helped to distract from the depleted energy and the heat!
Love the medal. The text results were prompt, and so was the online results.
Communication throughout (including before the race) was excellent. However the pdf race guide which was interactive showed the map for Sheffield half when you click on the Leeds half map!!!
Despite the heat, I got a PB, and I will return next year! Date of review: May 8, 2016