In short: Do not ask for Marshalls on Facebook...this is what happens In full: Positives £10 is good money for a 10K with chip timing..the collection of chips was superb.
Here goes..you do not have a race of a 1000 runners climbing steps at the start going and going over raised reservations in a dual carriageway having to dodge and weave traffic calming measures and a couple of car park barriers was a chuckle too...also if you advertise as a 10K it would help if you direct folk around a full 10K course not 8.5km..could be a product of advertising for marshalls on facebook...oops not enough lets shorten the race..If I had spent £40 on petrol and come over from the east coast like a lot of runners did i would be a bit miffed..also intended penning of runners didn't happen as the signs were lying on the floor unused...Couldn't hear the race brief which was crucial to split the 5 & 10k races to, kind of important...won't be back. Date of review: December 2, 2012
In short: Brilliant Value for Money Race In full: Fantastic organisation, and amazing support from the marshalls all around the course who did a superhuman job in appauling conditions, a couple of cheeky climbs but nothing worse than you get in Yorkshire.Bananas and a Tech T-Shirt a nice surprise. All told will be back next year. Formative Feedback - Chip Timing would ice the cake, and please get rid of the bloke on the tannoy, like a crap pub DJ, not funny, needs putting down. Date of review: December 11, 2011
In short: What goes up, must come down !! In full: Returning again for the 2nd time to this race and I really enjoyed it. Managed to take 11 minutes off last years time so delighted with that. Better organised this time which would always be the case with Holmfirth Harriers being involved, and the lions taking on the feedback from their very good 1st attempt last time. Only Grumble would be no mile markers going round but that aside, really friendly testing run and I will be back in 2012 to go under 90 mins. Date of review: June 5, 2011
In short: Sort the Start Out. In full: Glorious Route spoiled by lack of organisation and not enough marshalls. I would put that down to it being a first time event. Re-Assured all my £10 went to the charity, but a poor starting area (you cannot have a true race starting on a canal tow path with 200 starters) and no real momento to speak of a massive let down. Get the start on St Thomas's next year, pay for a temp closure or a policeman or 2 and this race will be a gem, because once the field thins out the route is lovely. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In short: Lucky to have this on my doorstep. In full: As races go this was very pleasant indeed, A great turnout for a rural event (record numbers) and good marshalling organisation all the way round. Also gained a Carlos Tevez style illuminous snood, which shows thought considering standard fare is usually a fruit of the loom t-shirt. Genuinely made up with my time for a hills event those who moan about hills should stay in the cities and have enjoy crap scenery instead.So greatful the start line was 400 yrds from home and will be making this an annual event. Well done Meltham AC. Date of review: January 30, 2011
In short: 4 Mins off my 10k PB, says it all. In full: This was my first Abbey Dash and I loved it, for somebody who has ran 54-61min 10k's this year I was Sub 50 pace, until 8.5k. it is quick. Organisation was good and those who are griping about runners in wrong pens it was no worse than any of the Major Races. If there was one little moan it would be to make the Start channel a little wider, but other than that. I will be back next year to crack that 50 min barrier. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Well Organised, Challenging Race. In full: Made a last minute decision to do this race as Running the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k the following week. But really glad I did on the back of a recommendation by club. This is a good 10k with a couple of decent hills to keep you honest at 4.5miles and just before 6 miles. Good Support from the locals and a nice pre race fun run for the kids. I had a massive PB to boot but again this is not as hilly as some of the races in and around the Huddersfield and Holmfirth circuits, so if you run round there this race is right up your street. Date of review: November 14, 2010
In short: Great Scenery, Locals Support in Villages Brilliant, 4 Brutal Hills, Organisation Hmm In full: Now Then.
As this was my first half marathon i thought i would get clued up and I had an Idea that the bio flat/undulating was a stretch. But seriously which genius decided to put a 1:5 King of the Mountain Challenge at 11 Miles. I was ticking over for my target time then I just died and never quite got my rhythm back. Scenery was amazing and the locals particularly between 3 & 6 miles where the long climb was. Well Done. Organisation at the finish was poor, no water station for finishers, I had to blag one from the goody bag people. The Goody Bag considering this was a City Council organised run was frankly crap, some of the village / school organised fun runs have done better. One must assume my £15 went on Road Closures.
Despite the Gripes, my over-riding feeling was pride in finishing my First Half Marathon and thats the most important thing. Date of review: October 17, 2010
In short: Hilly, Scenic Route, Local Knowledge Invaluable In full: This was my first "Race" since I was 18, and I am now 35. I entered it as it was my local walking circular. Organisation was good, and knowing the hills in the area i was able to pace myself up Wessenden Head, knowing the final 3.5 miles was blissfully downhill. Shame about the rain, as on a Sunny Day the views are glorious. All told really enjoyed myself and will do more on the back of it, and return for 2011. Date of review: June 6, 2010