In short: This race is made for first timers! In full: Excellent event.Easy parking next to the start, a traffic free route, good marshalling , as flat as you get roads,free transport back to the start in a luxury coach and albeit cotton< a well designed t-shirt. A bargain at the price.
In short: excellent!excellent!excellent! In full: brilliant event!Best t-shirt of the year!excellent medal!a more than generous goodie bag. Anyone organising a running event should consider The Mad Dog as a role model. Date of review: February 11, 2013
In short: a good winter race In full: The blustery wind was a moderating factor on times.Thank goodness no rain. The track on the outward part of the course was filled with water holes which pushed runners onto the muddy verges.This was not surprising considering the previous weeks inclement weather!This event deserves to be well supported. Date of review: January 28, 2013
In short: a good winter race In full: Timing chips would be nice as those at the rear of the starters automatically had over a minute added to their real times . The finish line was a little obscure and robbed me of my finishing burst ( ha!ha! ) - I am still not sure where the exact finish was except I was marshalled into a corridor formed of metal barriers and awarded a rather nice medal. Perhaps another water station so a 5,10,15 split was achieved.
No serious complaints overall except that prizes were distributed prior to my finish. I realise that at my age I will never feature along with the elite but all seemed a bit rushed?
In short: a good winter race In full: A very crowded start and lines at the end to collect t-shirts.Excellent marshalls throughout. A very well organised event , just the job for this time of the year! Lovely running weather - more please next year. Date of review: December 17, 2012
In short: A shambles at the end In full: Why oh why do folk who are going to walk enter the 55 minute start pens. Within the first kilometre runners were dodging these folk causing chaos. On complaining on completion ( after 10 minutes waiting in the cold!) about the lack of t-shirts I was informed that this was due to some competitors taking two - this beggars belief!!!!! However the race was advertised as having 8000 competitors and according to the results 7379 completed , where did the rest go ???? Whilst some runners may? have taken more than their allocated number , the discrepancy leads to other conclusions? As a previous correspondent states , a medal would be more welcome or as well as. The finishing area definately requires a coat of looking at prior to next year.Many other large participant races have got this aspect cracked. Date of review: November 19, 2012
In short: Not a race for a PB but excellent for a training run In full: As usual excellent organisation Tougher than a normal half marathon due to the constraints and conditions as previously stated by reviewers The mud did not help but it twas the same for everyone Runners two abreast early on with no regard to those wishing to pass were a nuisance. Perhaps in future a recommendation to run "indian file " would not go amiss. This event is well worth a visit! Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: The delay in starting took the gloss of the event In full: This event was unusual in that it was run in the dark and was associated with a funfair and firework display. Unfortunately for reasons unknown the start of the race was delayed for approximately 60 minutes which was not pleasant in the cold night air.Surely if folk wish to attend these evening events they should allow plenty of time to make the journey and register etc. The route was on a path around York race track and was congested - however this is not a gripe as it was a fun event and everyone ( when started ) appeared to enjoy the experience. Further delays occurred at the finish with runners having to wait 20 minutes to collect their medals and chocky. The above apart , the event was enjoyable and the medal and technical t-shirt were above average and well worth collecting. I am sure that if this event is run again next year the problems addressed above will be sorted by the organisers Date of review: November 6, 2012
In short: An excellent effort for the first time In full: The start was delayed due to works on the M60? However if folk had followed the organiser's advice and arrived early the problem of the late start would not have occurred.It was cold hanging around at the start. The course was not flat but mildly undulating and all the better for that. Cars on the country lanes were a bit of a problem but were negotiated successfully. A good medal and an excellent understated technical t-shirt ! This is an event which I will be returning to. Date of review: November 5, 2012
In short: Well worth the effort of travelling down from Yorkshire In full: The medal and goodie bag collection was chaos until someone thought of taking them into the crowd. For most of the time it was akin to running in a football crowd which precluded any PB. Frustration was due to thoughtless runners dodging in and out ( which caused one or two tumbles ) and slower runners (walkers) being two or three abreast ! Spectator intrusion was also a problem in places. I never saw any pacers and the promised music was sparse ? I would suggest that in future the pens are more stringently enforced and instead of a blanket 2hour pen this is broken down into 2.15, 2.30 etc ( see the results ) On the plus side apart from the industrial estate the atmosphere was good and for a big city event well organised. Despite what other participants have reported , by following the organisers recommendations for parking facilities I found leaving the city comparatively easy. This event is well worth entering. Date of review: October 15, 2012