In short: The Hills are alive with the Summer Sizzler!! In full: In life, it is said that people can make the difference in your experiences, this is no exception. The kind people of Barton-Upon-Humber make this event extra special. Parades of extra drinks and hose-pipes as well as the welcoming people add to the race. It is challenging yes but to run over a piece of world class engineering as well as the views makes the effort worth while!!! Date of review: June 26, 2011
In short: Great Race shame about the bag!!!! In full: Before I continue I would like to congratulate the organisers and marshalls for an excellent event. It was welcoming and friendly and the course was great. I was warned about the cobbles but I thought it added to the experience. Sally Gunnell started the race and even passed me at 8km. If I to be critical about anything at all, it has to be the goody bag at the end. I realise we do not run for goody bags but it wasn't the best but the teeshirt was nice. I will certainly be attending the race next year. Date of review: November 1, 2010
In short: Compact with more bends than a central heating system!!!! In full: This is the 2nd Jayne Tomlinson 10k I have attended, namely York in 2009. Typically, it's very organised with the exception of the start. I didnt expect the wall of people I was about to encounter for the first two miles with slower runners and walkers seemed to get in front despite the signage of Runners, Joggers and Walkers for the partakers to go into. The course itself is compact and has far too many bends to consider a PB. I maybe speaking as a purist here and may be a little unfair as many people were there to complete it for fun. It was a flat course for the most part and for the fun runners the marina area would have been a highlight. The finish was well organised and for the most part it was an enjoyable experience. One more note, it was 22c at the start at 9am!!! Date of review: May 24, 2010
In short: Very friendly but....... In full: The organisers were very friendly and helpful, however my race experience had the gloss taken off a little as the start was simply not wide enough to accomodate all of the entries. This led to a bit of bumping and you had no choice but to walk until you took a sharp right out of the park onto the road. The route was senic and very colourful with the autumnal colours greeting the competitors. The marshalls were very supportive throughout and was impressed with the distances markers at every kilometre. I also had a little trouble in the final 400 metres as the traffic interrupted my running rythmn, in fact one lady decided that, despite the marshall's signal to stop, she decided to go anyhow and I had to stop as a consiquence. If it is possible, that section should be closed to traffic.
Overall, it was a nice experience but needs a little polish to become a really great race. I will be returning next year. Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: For the City of York-about time!!! In full: As a former resident of York there were a lack of races that you could enjoy in York therefore I was very pleased to hear about this race.
I realise the majority of the race fee was going towards worthwhile charities but this was steep, especially for a 10k.
The organisation at the start was a little confusing to say the least as the race was delayed by 20 minutes without announcement. There were far too many walkers at the front of the start and at times the faster runners were scrunched up which does suggest that runners of lesser abilities should be marshalled toward the back.
The race itself was pleasant taking in sights for what York is famous for as well as riverside paths going into the city as well as returning to the finish. There was considerable crowd support along the course as well as adequate drink stations, which were needed and welcoming.
The finish was better organised and you received a nice tee shirt, if they were on the snug side, I must say!!!
Well supported and the odd improvement here and there could make this into a fantastic race experience, but good for a first try!!!
In short: My 13th year in this event and it never seems to lose it's appeal. The downside is the entry fee, I even pay extra to guarantee my entry (GRN member). People are fantastic on the course throughout and the atmosphere is second to none. Date of review: June 20, 2009