In short: The tram is too fast ! :o) In full: I thought I might have a chance against it, but no - it zooms off so quickly only the top handful of men seem able to keep pace... shame. The route was good, with some nice off road sections and plenty little hills. As you loop back a few times it was a good race for supporters as they could see you many times. I did have a couple of niggles though. Twice I had problems with marshalls. I was running with no-one in front of me for quite a bit of the race, and at a crossroads the marshall was too busy flirting with a spectator to show me where I should be going. I actually had to run over to them and start waving to get their attention. And second, was at the end a marshall said 'you're there' so I stopped, but was confused as it didnt look like the finish, and then, as someone passed me, I realised it wasn't the finish, and he turned round and said, oh no - its about 100 yds over there... You cant see the finish banner as you crest the last hill and as the finish tent is near the hill, I believed him when he said i was there. Oh well. Next year I'll know. The other niggle is about water. It was a v.hot day and it was lovely to pick up the drink in the woods. However as it was a two lap course I mistakenly thought the water would be available on the second lap and so threw my bottle away too early. Bit of a shock on the 2nd lap when I'd been looking forward to a drink to find the water stand was finished. For next year it would be helpful, especially if it's hot, if water could be available on the 2nd lap. I really liked the socks in the goody bag, and would have rather had these than a t-shirt.
In short: Lovely race In full: This race was just as good as last year, and the cake was just as lovely too. I brought my daughter with me this time and she really enjoyed it, but struggled with the heat. The only disappointment was when we ran past lots of dug up fields and pathway where last year it was a lovely trail. Shame, but nothing the organisers could do about that. I loved the coaster. I've got so many t-shirts sat in the back of the wardrobe given out at races, and then I never use them, so this made a welcome change. I'll be back next year. Date of review: July 16, 2010
In short: I loved it - shame it wasnt longer! In full: Having nver done this race before I was pleasantly surprised that North Leeds had so much mud and hills to offer. The woodland was lovely and its a shame there wasnt more of that. There were a couple of parts where you were queueing to use stiles/bridges (and to finish!) and this was a bit of a let down, especially with some runners try to push in front etc.... There was good support on the race from marshalls and spectators, and getting a bottle of beer was a good ending to a really enjoyable race. Date of review: April 7, 2010
In short: Where to start In full: Some good and bad points to this race. The good - marshalls were lovely, some of the roads were good to run on (nice and wide), and the woods were nice to run through. I also like the idea of running city to city. The bad - For the race itself, too long in the pens (way too long), finish area too spread out to generate a real atmosphere. Outside of the race another issue is parking! Contrary to the fyler in my pack (stating I had left it till last minute!) I had planned (in advance) to park at showcase, and was let down by the last minute closure of this option!! Equally at the end of the race it was quite a walk back to buses and parking. I've just tried leaving feedback on the kilomathon site, but found this very difficult, having to answer questions such as my salary etc before I could leave feedback. I'm sorry but this is unnecessary and 'over-managed', much like the start of the race with the commentator demanding we 'go the baggage trucks', 'go to the pens' etc. Consequently I wont be doing this race again. I dont want to be involved in organisations that try to force personal details from me. Especially as there are no disclaimers about what will happen to such data! Be warned, if you use the kilomathon site you may be opening yourself up to all sorts of advertising being sent your way! Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: Clay soil sticks to trainers like glue.... In full: and makes your feet twice as heavy! Many of the paths were wet clay and this was tough going. It wasnt the most scenic run I've done, until you reach Robin Hoods bay, and then it's worth turning up for. The volunteers doing the catering at the end of the race were fabulous, thank you all very much.
For future I'd like to see a route in advance, instead of trying to hastily draw one onto my map before the start. Date of review: February 24, 2010
In short: A fabulous race that I'll be back for next year !! In full: I loved the hills, the terrain and the friendliness of everyone there. I'm really pleased that it didnt rain in the few days before as I suspect it would have been a whole lot harder! Good t-shirt at the finish, and lots of lovely cakes. Almost wishing I'd done the full thing now, but I'll sure my legs will thank me for not doing so in the morning when they are sore :o) Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: Well organised but just a little dull. In full: A good race in terms of organisation, lots of water stops, good marshalling and lots of support. However, running in one lane of dual carriageways isnt that enthralling, and I'd quite like to avoid all those exhaust fumes. Where we were on single carriageways the race was much nicer, although not terribly scenic apart from the Abbey. Nice goody bag and good race commentary. Not as hilly as I'd have liked. Bit of an in-betweener therefore, not quite flat enough for PB hunters, and not really hilly enough for those wanting a challenge. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Lovely hills + great cake! In full: This event was well organised and for a small race had a good atmosphere. The hills were very enjoyable, although I would have preferred more off road sections. My garmin clocked this at 6.36 though. At the 6 mile marker my garmin confirmed 6m, but then it felt like a long stretch from there to the finish, and it must have been, instead of 0.2, it was 0.36. However, given that this isnt the sort of race where you'd be chasing a PB I guess most people wont mind. Thanks to all the people who gave up their time to dish out coffee and cake. This was much appreciated and rarely seen at running events (mostly at ones organised by walkers), this was a nice touch and very much appreciated. I hope to be back next year. Date of review: May 4, 2009
In short: Lovely hilly race :o) In full: Nice hills, but probably not as hilly as I was expecting. A good course, well marshalled, friendly people. Lovely cake/tea place in the hall too. A great t-shirt, long sleeved!! Shame it wasnt chip-timed, but not too many runners so not a great difference between clock and Garmin. Date of review: March 19, 2009
In short: Nice sea breezes, well marshalled In full: A nice race, flat on the promenade, a little undulating as you turn onto the cliff top, but still quick. Well marshalled on the route, however the start area was quite tricky to get as you had to cross a very busy road from race HQ. Plenty of toilets (although not very clean). Glad to see RW pacemakers there, always helpful. I'd do this again.... Date of review: March 19, 2009