Leeds Half Marathon

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14/05/2007 at 13:05
Stoxy - have you seen the pictures in the YEP?
14/05/2007 at 13:06
Oh no. Am i in them?
14/05/2007 at 13:22
Oh yes I see. Free advertising!
14/05/2007 at 17:09
Hi Stoxy,

I don't know what happened to the corporate challenge support between me passing them and you passing them but they were absoutely fantastic whilst we were running past them. Everyone was cheering and clapping and shouting encouragement.

I was thinking how good the atmosphere was this year.

14/05/2007 at 17:36
well done to all who took part.

it was my first race, and first proper half maraton, according to the race time thing i got: 01:58:07, but on my watch it was 01:57:58. considering it was my first go, and i was off work sick on thursday, im pretty chuffed with under 2 hours.

the hills just sap you, but it was nice to know that once up at lawnswood, you just knew it was all down or flat form there, i just stayed on pace and that was that. it was tough, but so rewarding at the end.
14/05/2007 at 18:28
well done to all, and lovely to meet some of you in pub after. had a great race - chip time came in at 1.38.58 - a pb, so was thrilled. Took it out of me though - was in bed by 8pm!!
Andy from embsay - shame didn't get to meet you, but I too am entered for the Blackpool 1/2, although am waiting for the memories of the agony of the last mile to disappear before I can get excited about another!
14/05/2007 at 19:14
Legs still hurtin, but need to think about my next half marathon, any recommendations.
14/05/2007 at 21:22
Does anyone know when and where the offical times are available?
14/05/2007 at 21:26
14/05/2007 at 21:44
Depends Michael - what are you after? Faster and flatter, or hillier but scenic? There are a whole world of options out there.....
15/05/2007 at 10:15
Brilliant time Amanda!! Well done!

Michael-It seems the quicker runners had no probs with crowd support (not just the corporate runners) but by the time we got there they were conspicuous by their lack of support. It almost seems like its been a race of two halfs. Or something like that. I was a bit disappointed. There was a lady just ahead of me shouting to the crowd to clap and cheer us but they just looked at her like she was mad so she said "oh s@d it" and flew off!
15/05/2007 at 10:16
I meant that for Martin not Michael!!!!!

15/05/2007 at 10:33
You'll probably find a lot of people are either just there for certain runners, or really can't be bothered after the first 2-3 hours of standing around.
Must be worse for the ones coming in near the end as a lot of people would have left by then as who they are supporting would have finished.
15/05/2007 at 10:40
There seemed to be a mixture of people looking for family and friends as you would expect and people who obviously lived locally and came out to watch.

And yes I agree it must have been very hard for the people behind me who really needed support. I crossed the line (at 2:20) and by the time I had picked up my goody bag and headed towards the pub there was hardly anyone next to the finish cheering on the runners.
15/05/2007 at 11:22
I came in at one hour thirty seven and must admit the support was pretty good, especially at the finish with the bloke on the microphone geeing the crowd up
15/05/2007 at 15:53
I thought the support was great this year - even better than the last 2 years when I have run it.
Is it marathon - photos.com that have taken photos of us this year? If so, does anyone know when they will be available?
15/05/2007 at 16:03
is def marathon photos.com but not sure when they are available
15/05/2007 at 17:22
I crossed the line at 2:11 and the support was pretty good. Fantastic race overall.
15/05/2007 at 19:04
the supporters who particularly caught my eye were the couple seated at a makeshift table by a roundabout somewhere in the 1st half, with an ice bucket containing wine, and some cans of lager - great idea!!
16/05/2007 at 07:34
I saw them Amanda - just before the ringroad near King Lane.

My favourite spectator was a little old lady. After I'd finished I was slowly walking along the Headrow still in my vest/number and carrying my (purple) t-shirt in a carrier bag, looking out for other club runners. I stopped several times to stretch and one occasion the old lady came over to me and said 'Come on love, there's not far to go now'. Bless her.
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