I found the first 13 miles trending downwards, there was a bit of an uphill 8 miles I think but then down straight away, the first incline I felt was after the turnaround at Stamford bridge but still not that bad. At the other out and back going out (miles 16-18) I took it easier expecting an uphill 18-20 but on the way back it didn't seem so bad. I struggled between miles 23 and 25 but overtook a few people uphill (using different muscles and just wanted to finish). No where near as hilly as Chester though Chester has some nice downhills in the first 15 miles. I enjoyed the coolness (usually hot when running marathons) was shivering afterwards though, delighted with PB of 3:39:17, did first half in 1:46:50, second in 1:52:27, so potential to trim a few mins off in second half if I can hold onto the pace longer next time (was my 7th marathon since Oct 2011 but first Yorkshire marathon ... Loved it), what hills!
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...