In short: OK race, but as of 1 day later I can't find the results & is that the worst T shirt ever? In full: 450 plus runners, mostly men - only 3 cubicle toilets. The queue for the ladies looked very long. I doubt many got to warm up. The race set off on time and there was encouragement at a few places on the way round. Marshals in the right places and a water station which we passed 3 times. A few of the mile markers seemed a bit out. It is difficult to like this course. The setting should make it interesting but it is dull.No natural hills but some testing short rises. The finish is the best part. A decent crowd making noise and the commentator to welcome the runners back. Water and beer - nice. BUT the T shirt....horrible colours (blue or pink) and an inept design. It wins the prize as the worst T shirt I have been given (and I have run over 170 races). Date of review: June 8, 2013
In short: Good idea..poor implementation In full: From the outset this event gave the impression of being high on ambition and short of resource. It was an age before the course details were announced then there was confusion over the start time and a late announcement that there would be no mailing out of race packs.
On the day there seemed to be quite a gap between what had been promised and what was delivered.
Apart from the city centre it was not clear that any roads had been closed. If they had then a lot of drivers hadn’t been told or had ignored closure signs. The water stops were not as frequent as had been stated. There was a long stretch ending at the turn point on the bridge where the only water available was from discarded bottles (and I was in a bunch in places 150-200). At other times the gaps between water seemed over long and at other times very close.
The course through the industrial area was on very uneven surfaces which caused a few runners around me, and including me, problems, this got worse when we hit the cobbles near the Marina. Who thought running on cobbles after 18/19 miles was a good idea?
The lack of marshals at points from about 15 miles was a concern. This caused a number of runners to run short races and lead to confusion as to the winner of the woman’s race. The out and back path by the river was plain daft. It was too narrow, had too many sharp turns and a strange spiral step up which was really difficult at the stage in the race when all you wanted was to hold a steady pace.
I am sure that we were promised mile markers. The only one that anyone claims to have seen was at 13 miles.
The spectators that were there were loud and supportive but for a big City event there just were not many people about.
The organisation at the end was poor in comparison with most local club runs. Usually the drinks table is set away from the finish area and spectators and you are directed to it. Here we were given our (good) medal and t-shirt and had to find our way to the plastic cups, I spotted the Mars bar box but no one was handing them out…I hear there were other drinks but didn’t see them.
The start was also a bit odd. There was no atmosphere created by a PA welcome/music just a loud bang and we were off. And 2 portable toilets! 2! Yes I know there were some in City Hall and some under the statue but there weren’t anywhere near enough at the start.
On the good side:
They did set up a number collection point on the day before (announced very late…mailing out is a better option)
The baggage drop and changing facility at City Hall was useful and well organised
Decent medal/t shirt
Good course up until the entrance into Pearson Park (although the run into West Park could have been made very special if we had run around the inside of the KC)
The Humber Bridge section
The event provided a positive, healthy, image for a City that usually, and unfairly, attracts negative stories.
In short: all good - as usual In full: We were set off speedily and as usual there was good support in the villages and at various cross roads. Supportive marshals and loud encouragement on the final hill. I allowed my self to be overtaken in the funnel which screwd up my position/time but the this was quickly sorted out for me. Good quality long sleeved technical shirt. Well done (again) City of Hull Date of review: January 30, 2012
In short: Too cold to be left shivering on the start line In full: if you say you are going to start at 10 then start at 10. if you are going to have 700 runners then sort out the appropriate number of portable loos so that you can start on time Date of review: December 19, 2011
In short: a tough stamina builder In full: Plenty of parking, enough toilets at the start (shame the joining notes didn't mention them and the queue at the school could have been avoided), and a good start and finish area. A hilly challenge (Fetch hill score of 372) was made tougher by a fierce head wind which at one corner nearly blew me off my feet. Although this was my slowest half for some time it was the stamina builder I was looking for. Good quality tech shirt which I probably won’t wear due to the huge sponsor’s logo covering the front…less is more guys. Good support from the marshals all around the course and 3 water stops (bottles not cups). Thanks for a good event.
In short: fog and hills In full: I don't like hills. I can't run up them fast enough. I want to do better on hills so entered this one to gain more hill time. With a Fetch hill score of 204 (105m up/91m down) this one had enough hills for me. At £10 is race is at the bottom end of the entry fee scale, impressive given chip timing and tshirt (cotton not technical). Marshals where you need them and 1 water stop(cup-so had to slow to drink). A row of portable toilets helped keep the queue short). Parking was mainly on side roads and on the main road where, it turned out, we had the finish.This caused a few problems with cars trying to get through a narrowed road whilst runners were 2/3/4 abreast running for the line. A bit of a shame that the finish has a slowing left hand 90 degree corner 20 metres before the chip tunnel. Date of review: November 20, 2011
In short: hills and heat In full: I am glad that Barton AC were able to put this event on again after its introduction last year. The course remains a hilly challenge - one of those races where the downs don't seem to quite compensate for the ups. Good to have bottles of water on the course. Plenty of helpful marshalls. Good PA at the end to lend encouragement. Nice touch to have cakes for the runners at the drinks station at the finish. Good quality technical tshirt (although it might have worked better to have the tshirt collection point closer to the finish. I saw a few people wandering around looking for them).
If the race gets larger portable loos are going to be required (1 cubicle is simply not enough for 200 men). Date of review: November 6, 2011