In short: "Of course I can run a marathon....." In full: 3rd time of running (can we have an "Ever Present" club now please?:-)), and it's got better in terms of organisation for the most part each time. The only thing I'd gripe about (apart from the only real hill, at 25.5 miles) are the ridiculous parking and transport restrictions and costs. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Can we have it this foggy always, please? In full: This was a great day out. Last year's minor hiccoughs around baggage and crowding seem to have been solved (so much so my bag was waiting for me as i arrived at the counter - well done, guys!). (The paths through the Uni campus are twisty and not designed for a straight journey anywhere! A pre-existing problem.) The run was great, great atmosphere and support, brilliant marshals, and due to the flatness of the course and ideally cool weather, definitely a PB. ;-). Just one gripe - why finish on "that hill" - it whould be possible to finish on the new campus site roads, which would make it even flatter overall, and a lot flatter at the end! Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Truly PB territory - on a cooler day! In full: First time for this event, and a good start. Loads of parking, just a bit odd driving onto an aerodrome! But not as odd as the first mile - never run on an airstrip before! Great fun.
Genuinely flat and fast - I finished 20 sec outside my PB from 7 years ago, and although my Garmin and the "official" distaqnce disagree by a little, I'll take that.
I was a belter of an autumn/late summer day - really warm and sunny, with almost enough of a cooling breeeze, but plenty of water and marshalls around, and good encouragement from them too - thanks all!
Pretty remote from anywhere else, so not much by way of supporters. Run on mostly closed roads, so felt safe and plenty of space to focus and run.
In short: Can't bleive this is my normal stomping ground - it comes into it's own for this! In full: I live near the start of this, so it's very much "home turf" (or tarmac) for me. That said, the odd pothole and speedhump still got me by surprise - I don't literally run in the road that often!
But this year, better than last, I felt, apart from a slightly daffy starting pen process (3 queues - runners, joggers. walkers, and then the lady on the PA being surprised that all the people in the runners queue considered they were going to finish in under one hour, so moved forward into the actual pens for the start!).
The route was better this year - the bit around Racecourse Road at the start rather than at the end, and no doubling back on yourself was a definate improvement.
And on top of that, a great day and I'm proud of my fellow York Citizens for coming out and cheering us along.
Bizarrely, it always tries to rain during my post York 10K BBQ. Can someone have a word about that, please? Date of review: August 15, 2013
In short: For the entry fee, this was appalling. But the crowd were awesome . . . In full: What a monster. Weather - not the organisers fault. But made the "traditional" Manchester weather look like high summer. As a result the organisation deficiencies were made so much more apparent. I know the marshals were volunteers, but there were long periods in after the 1/2way point where there was no sign of any (in the "country". The crowd who did turn up were awesome, and I was so impressed that there was anybody still out after a few hours. And what was with that stupid muddy track/pond/track/pond set-up through Dunham Massey? I think that just finished off my road running trainers. (It was a road race, wasn't it?) Since I got cramp at 16 miles and then walked the rest my opinion may be a bit jaundiced (achieved a personal worst and didn't stop shivering until Leeds on the way home in a very heated car!), but I don't think I'll be back. And not unless it gets a whole lot more reasonable in the entry fee (doesn't even begin to compare with the value of London) and that Expo/number pickup/or pay extra (!!!) to have the number mailed out...) Roll on Summer! Date of review: April 30, 2012
In short: Glad I did it - I needed to prove to myself I could still doi 10K! In full: Was surprised to have to pay to park out by the arena - pretty sure last time it was P&R, as were other runners, and there seemed to be no-one vaguely official around this year - not even car park marshals! The tram company have wised up too - buy tickets in advance, on the platform!
The run was good - as ever, a Great Run organised event, and nice to see the elite coming homeward whilst I was still running out (no, really!). Those little (?) hills at the end though - ugh. Date of review: December 31, 2010
In short: Post event rganisation - is vague too kind a word? Finish area not laid out by a runner! In full: 2nd marathon, so was hoping for a new PB - the sunshine finished that plan off!
The medal was nice, the t-shirt worth having. The spectators were encoraging, friendly (if incomprehensible in places!) and their hosepipes were very welcome.
Now, about the organisation . . . I felt the pre-race info was a bit late in coming out, and the info on the website not very precise until quite late on. For example, I'd planned to come up the day before to pre-register (as per London) and didn't click that it wasn't happening like that until about a month beforehand. The "countdown" emails were good though.
I know the mile markers were wrong - my gps told me that, but it seemed they were inconsistent, too. Some were almost right!Very odd.
The race was great - mostly. Marshalls and crowd good, even if the crowd was "patchy". Route was a bit non-Edinburgh after the first few miles, but pleased to discover there's a sea-side so nearby. And what was with the odd bit near the turnback where you're running along someone's not very well surfaced tracks? It was a bit of a challenge by then, since I'd thought it was a road race . . .
The finish was frankly, a joke. The mats - watched the guy just ahead of me trip on the plastic matting joints, and fall. (I dodged him . . . but did pause to check he was getting back up.) My wife saw more fallers and bloddied knees whilst waiting for me. You can get "locking" mats for racecourses - ask York what they use.
After the photo area, there seemed to be crowds of people headed inwards against the runners coming out - runners only area? I think not. I'm guessing it was supporters who couldn't get into the reunion area due to the crush around the gates, looking for their runners.
The park/school/whatever it was where gates into where the baggage buses and charity village were have already been mentioned. But why were there only 2 small gates open, for so many 1000's of people? I overheard a police officer saying on her radio "It's only padlocked. Can't we get some bolt cutters or something?" Or why wasn't it just unlocked? And there was a further gate inside too. The "Event security" guys were being unhelpful at this stage too - stopping people trying to get in/out and force them to go to to the other gate. Given those people had mostly just run 26.2 miles, I'm amazed there weren't more lost tempers.
The baggage trucks were a long way away from the finish, and in a bit of a cul-de-sac. And not many people returning bags so there was a scrum around each truck - no queueing, even (compare it with London where as I approached the truck someone shouted my number, and when I looked up my bag was being offered to me).
Macmillan were great - they made up for so many of the shortfalls of the finish up to that point. Thank you!
And the icing on the cake - the buses back to Edniburgh. The no 26 (public service) buses were swamped. Presumably with extra people who thought they were getting on the shuttle buses, as well as the rest of us. They weren't stopping, either because they were full, or because the empty buses which went by were just feeling that way out. Bus queue rage did strike - harsh words exchanged between runners around me, and the "exact money only" policy on the bus really didn't help. After a 1 hour plus wait, we got on a bus, but subsequently missed our train back to England - so not a cheap hobby, most of which I would say was attributable to poor organisation at the finish.
In short: At last! Good to see this in York, organisation needed some local knowledge! In full: I'm really pleased to see a 10K in my home city, and it was a great atmosphere. Traffice didn't bother me as I walked to the start - but given the anticipated line up of up to 5000 people, why didn't someone twig there would be a lot more road traffic than normal? York Races have a traffic management plan - couldn't we have used part of that? Also, starting 500 metres up the road would have allowed starting pens - at least for runner, joggers, walkers and the rest, and thinned out the first few kilometers nicely. (You could easily add a little bit extra into the city centre to make up the distance.) But that said, I had a great time, as did my family and friends - runners and non-runners alike. Roll on York 10K 2010 . . . . Date of review: August 12, 2009
In short: Enough fun to make me want to do it again - and try for a better time! In full: It was a beautiful day, in just about every way! I couldn't have asked from more in my first ever marathon, except some speedier legs after mile 16 . . . A great day, thank you London! Date of review: April 27, 2009