Sorry I've not been on here much guys, just returned from Turkey, thanks for the birthday shout Weedy whilst I was on hols. Managed 70 miles in Turkey, now that was hot! All set for Great North Run at the weekend, I'll be sure to Pay closer attention to this forum, though its very active.
Picklelilly, I would definitely recommend Leeds Half, I have done it every year since 2010. It's got a few steep hills at mile 3 and mile 5 but a lot of good fast downhills too and downhill all the way to the finish from mile 7. I saw my average pace go from 7:57 at my 6 to 7:47 at the finish.
it is my 3rd successive PB at Leeds Half going from 1:44:05 (2012), 1:43:11 (2013), 1:42:01 (2014).
Delighted as a little disheartened from recent form ... Splits below from last 3 Leeds Halfs.
Hill training at St Theresa's and Temple Newsam parkrun obviously helping...
15W York will be my 7th marathon too. 3 Chester 2011, 2012, 2013 ... London 2012, Manchester 2013, Paris 2014
Not made mind up about 2015 yet, maybe London or Edinburgh. I combined Paris with Disney this year (a week Wenesday to Wednesday, taking wife and kids by car thru Chunnel), was fantastic holiday experience! If you're going on your own flight from Ringway might be best. Very easy to get around Paris on the Metro (Pseudo London Underground / Overground system).
I'm also Leeds half tomorrow, GNR, a couple of 10ks, weekly training, parkruns, 2014 miles in 2014 not as fast as you though