In short: My 2nd Abbey Dash, seemed more chaotic than last year! In full: Very happy for knocking 2 minutes off my p.b. despite the wind but the increase in runners was very noticable.
I'll always do this race for p.b. reasons but found what I laughingly call the 'liars' starting near the front who are out for a Sunday waddle were worse this year and force runners to mount the pavements and have to swerve in front of each other in avoidance.
There also needs to be a designated place, or a large number of bins, where chips are deposited after the race. The scrum made finding the girl with the bucket difficult.
Lastly, and other runners have noted this, the 'runners only' section in Victoria Gardens was rigourously policed by rent-a-thugs after the race. Apparently there was a one-way system which prevented you crossing back from the Town Hall to the Art Gallery 'for the benefit of the athletes' despite only a couple crossing. When I pointed to my race number, showing that I was an 'athlete', it had zero effect and had to do a large detour and lost my wife, who was also running, for 20 minutes. Thanks!
This race has a USP, don't spoil it by trying to get too big. The organisation has suffered. Date of review: November 26, 2009
In short: Well organised race on a quick course. In full: I was amazed this was only the 2nd Bradford 10k, it was a very slick operation with friendly, helpful marshalls relatively big turn out and closed city centre roads. Just beat my PB on this course that wasn't quite as flat as I thought it would be. The run-in is fast but mentally challenging on the long, straight road. Date of review: March 30, 2009
In short: Well impressed & got a PB In full: Having read reviews from last year I wasn't expecting much but it seemed they'd got to grips with the organisation - plenty of parking, short walk to get a wristband and short walk to the startline (long enough to get warmed up). No cars, kerb edges or street furniture to worry about on the wide circuit but there was a challenging couple of hills and tricky infield surfaces to focus the mind. I even enjoyed to wind/rain/hail as I'd got one too many layers on so it cooled me down. I'll be back next year. Date of review: March 9, 2009