In short: The hills don't get any easier! In full: Well organised and well run event - unlikely to produce a PB unless its your only 10K (expect a couple of minutes slower than flatter routes). Countryside is Barnsley's best with most of it in the countryside. One point - toilets could do with being better organised. There were several but they are scattered about. Date of review: November 16, 2008
In short: Perfect to try and cure a bad cold! In full: After a week fighting off a bad cold I was just happy to get round - friendly field. Usual gripe - toilets at start inadequate and long queues. Disappointingly the finish was a poorly organised (first time ever) and we were queueing for medals and an Alpen bar (for £20 seemed a bit stingy. Had to hunt around for the foil blankets. I'll be back next year! Date of review: April 27, 2008
In short: Don't you just love that hill at the start! In full: Once the first mile is out of the way and you are past the coking plant the scenery improves considerably. This also gives you worst hill of the race.
My 15 year old son did this race as his first ever 10K and, despite the poor weather, seemed to enjoy it. Pleasant enough at the back of the field and a lot of supportive marshalls. Date of review: November 20, 2007
In short: When the starter tells you its going to be hard you know its a toughy! In full: Year after year I go back and face the first four miles of uphill - at least this year the training had been better. This course is certainly not personal best material but it is an excellent distance, very well organised and finishes in a lovely country park. Add to this a fun run that the kids always enjoy and you have a great event. Will I go back next year? Of course! Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: Still problems with toilets but overall recommended In full: This is my umpteenth running of this, my local marathon. The scenery is not that good but starting and finishing in the stadium makes up for it. The hills are challenging but not death defying. Water stations are well manned. BUT every year there are huge queues for the toilets (nearly missed the start!) which is a shame as surely there are more toilets available? Maybe the organisers should talk to the Leeds team as they appear to have got it right. Date of review: May 20, 2007
In short: Good race - organisation improving every year. In full: Still prefer the finish in front of the town hall but you can't have everything! The organisation has improved considerably over recent years - well done the Scouts on the drink stations.
In short: One of the best family runs available In full: Up and down the Headrow sounds boring but the crowd and other competitors make it special. Goody bag well stocked and a medal. Only disappointment was waiting for my dad to finish the Half Marathon. Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Shame about the rain...and my time In full: 10 minutes slower than 2005 but still enjoyed myself. Done it for the past few years and am now starting to enjoy the hilly bits. It still has one of the best finishes going past the town hall and the incentive for anyone wanting under 2 hours - Can you finish before the noon chimes? Date of review: May 8, 2006
In short: Good route, good weather & good pace In full: After missing the last couple because of injury it was a pleasure to get back on this course. As ever it was crowded at the start but settled down very quickly. Good pace (thanks Stuart) got me a reasonable time. Date of review: January 31, 2006