In short: A well organised, enjoyably testing half marathon. In full: A warm, dry day made this year’s race a pleasant experience after all of the recent rain. All of the hills are out of the way by the halfway point meaning you can settle into a steady pace before the push for the finish.
The organisation was very good with a high quality medal and t-shirt at the finish.
A minor concern about the location of the last but one water point, which seemed to be poorly situated as runners were almost forced into the traffic to get past.
Well done to everyone in the local running community for exerting pressure on LCC to reinstate this event. As we saw on the day this is, a well attended and supported race, which has hopefully found its rightful place on the Leeds running calendar.
In short: Well organised and good value event. In full: I can only endorse many of the positive comments already made. The attention to detail and the thoroughness of the organisation make this race an ideal option for anyone looking to run a marathon.
This is a real value for money event and you can see were your entry fee goes as this race provides chip-timing, well-stocked water points with police and local authority involvement. Add to that the support of a small army of friendly volunteers and marshals to guide you on the way round and you have an event that allows the participants to get on with their running.
I liked the idea of doing two laps along a flat and for the most part, scenic course with only one mildly challenging hill. Unfortunately, like a few others, the warm weather and the long run in along the Greenway took its toll and having got to 20 miles in 2:52, it took me over an hour to complete the last 6 miles! It was tough going but I will definitely be back.
In short: An extremely well organised event with a pleasantly challenging course. In full: This half marathon offers an interesting course that will keep most runners interested on the way round. A few inclines combined with flat, open stretches and sections through a few villages mean you do not get bored on the way round.
From the extremely comprehensive pre-race instructions, which did mention the alternative car parks in case of rain, the race programme on the day, friendly marshals, excellent traffic control and well staffed water points mean that this race is well worth a go.
In short: Hard, hilly work but ultimately worth the effort. In full: Well done Roberttown Runners for a well organised event. Lovely weather, friendly crowd and well supported along the route. This race is a bit like interval training,you know its going to hurt, but it will be worth it in the end! I thought the downhills might bring some relief but even they turned into quad crunching cavalry charges. Good stuff. Date of review: February 10, 2008
In short: Well done Abbey Runners! In full: In summary, well organised, city centre start, free parking, mass participation, all levels catered for, for charity, chip timing, high levels of cooperation from a wide range of agencies, fast out and back run, seasons PB for me, and you can do your Xmas shopping afterwards. Date of review: November 28, 2007
In short: Really enjoyable race, friendly field, well marshalled over an undulating and interesting distance. In full: If you want a change from the usual race distances then this is a good choice. Not as hilly as you might expect in this part of the world and the inclines are balanced out with down hill stretches. A good race to aim for before the long, dark nights.
Congratulations to Holmfirth Harriers on their centenary, keep up the good work. Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: An ideal race for improving runners who want a bit of a challenge. In full: A really enjoyable run with the Humber Bridge as its focal point making this a change from the long slog that you can get with some courses. The fact that you run a couple of miles around Hessle, go over the bridge twice and the loop around Barton really breaks the race up. The hills are not too steep and some steady running will get you up them in no time at all. Not too keen on the hairpin bend at the finish though. Date of review: June 25, 2007