In short: Gets better every year! In full: This is my 3rd Yorkshire Marathon, and I'm loving every one of them! I got a bit confused with the new bus and left baggage layout, and in retrospect, the map made sense (I couldn't picture where things should be as I thought they would be where they were previous years - it would have helped if there was a line in the booklet to let us know that the layout is different from previous years). It is a better layout, especially where the buses are this year - next to everything else. There were queues for toilets, buses, medal engraving, but the queues did move swiftly enough. Sufficient water stops, plenty of crowd supporters who were all very encouraging! There is a definite increase in jelly babies offered enroute. The massage was much needed and welcomed. I'll be returning next year! Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Well organised popular race! In full: Can't remember how many Leeds Abbey Dash I have done, but we got medals when I started running it! It would be very nice therefore to bring medals back! We don't mind not having any goody bags...
The results took a while (almost 3 hours later) to come through text and online, despite the booklet suggesting friends and families are able to see the results 'live'. Perhaps something to do with the new system used this year for LAD with the metal strip on the bib?
Toilet queues were very very long. However, there were plenty of toilets, and this is no different to many other big races.
Everything else is positive about the race and organisation. Good crowd control with plenty of marshalls. Plenty of supporters enroute, an enjoyable race! Date of review: November 17, 2014
In short: Even better than last year! In full: I enjoyed my 2nd Yorkshire Marathon even more than last years, nothing to do with my 15 minute PB I'm sure!
I want to congratulate the organisers with their excellent communication about the fog and potential late start. With messages on facebook, twitter, email and text, I would have felt very guilty turning up late due to any potential traffic issues. Very impressed that it started on time in the end.
The crowds were amazing, water and powerade stations were plenty. The gel stations were very much welcome, and the signs informing us that these stations are coming up were very useful.
Some people didn't realise there was free engraving at the end and was disappointed. It would be useful to have signs for going back to the shuttle buses. I got lost on campus last year, and I had to ask for directions this year.
Overall, it's a great race, great organisation, fantastic communication! I'm booked on the pre-sale list for my 3rd Yorkshire Marathon already! Date of review: October 13, 2014
In short: Much better at the start compared to last year In full: Although it is better at the start this year in terms of congestion, presumable as both sides of the road at the start were used, the issue of the Clarion and Asda corporate runners ahead of the masses is still a problem, as there were lots walking by 1km!! It would improve if the sub-50 or sub 55s are also moved ahead of the corporate runners. Otherwise, the goody bag and medal and T-shirt were good. Excellent communication. Definitely will be one of my regular annual races, but I do live in Leeds! Date of review: July 23, 2014
In short: Loved my 1st Leeds Half! In full: My 9th half marathon but first time doing the Leeds Half. I've heard a great deal about 'those hills', but was surprised by the long stretch of downhill road which you could really go on flying down to make up for any loss time due to those hills, which are really just a slight incline!
Good atmosphere, lots of local folks out offering refreshments, sweets, oranges.
Start was very congested and therefore poorly signposted as it was so congested, you don't know what's where, and simply had to follow the person in front of you! It would be better to have proper timed sections, as there was no way of getting to the pacers nearer you're expected finish time, although the pacers were a new welcomed addition! Where I started, I had to run past 2 pacers before I got to the one that would be useful for me!
Good race overall, I have already signed up for 2015 as I live near the start, would be rude not to run it! Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: Better start then previous years In full: The start of the race is definitely better than previous years, less congested, so less weaving between runners. The pens are not policed, so there are 'slower' coloured bibs in 'faster' pens, but not a problem. Somehow, the start and the finish are not very well marked this year, I was looking for the finish arch, but it was merely 2 flags at the side indicating the finish! It was well organised, a good race, another PB. I wish they bring back the medals. Used to have medals years ago! Perhaps more corporate sponsorship required. Maybe we'll get a goody bag as well next year ;) I live 5 minutes walk away from the start, so I'll be doing it again nevertheless Date of review: November 18, 2013
In short: Great atmosphere In full: This is my 8th GNR. The number of toilets don't get any more, or at least it feels like they don't increase in numbers despite more and more entrants to the race. So I suggest get your bags onto the luggage buses, then join one of the long queues for the toilets. If you are male, please use the urinals which hardly has any queues, this will help lessen the people on the toilet queues!
Be prepared for constant weaving all the way from start to the end, even if you're in front with orange numbers. It is still possible to get a PB if the GNR is the only half marathon you ever do!
One of the most expensive half marathons around, but I'd still do it year after year for the atmosphere, it's addictive. It's worth paying the membership for 3 year guarantee into the GNR, you'll still need to pay the entry fee each time. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Good race. Start categories may need readjusting In full: At the start: Usual long queues for toilets at millennium square, but accidentally stumbled across toilets apparently for elite runners where there were no queues! The pace makers were confusing. We thought we were in the sub 50 group, only to see the sub 55 sign walking it's way past us! The start of the new route divides immediately into 2 lanes, mega-congestion especially on the right, slowing down ridiculously to walking pace. As the corporate teams started ahead of the masses, there were many with different abilities, causing a lot of weaving. Many were walking side by side at 1 to 2km. Crowds were very encouraging. Volunteers were superb. I hope the organisers change the category start next year and either have a greater staggered start to allow the corporate teams to have more time ahead of the masses, or to put them behind the masses. I'd do it again as I live in Leeds. Date of review: July 14, 2013
In short: Big race atmosphere! In full: First time doing the GMR, and would do it again. I was in the orange wave, didn't feel congested or blocked, or may be it's because I expect what there is to expect from a big race.
Arrived by train, and asked a few marshalls/info guys where the baggage buses were, and I was very surprised that most of them can't tell me where they are, even though I was showing them my map that was sent by Great Run! Some of them had the same map, knew the name of the road, but couldn't tell me where it is! It's of no consolation or help that there were poor signage to where the baggage buses were until you were quite near them! That's my only gripe, that the info people weren't very helpful, despite many of them around!
Plenty of toilets about, hardly any queues unless you wanted to go about 15 minutes before each pen shuts.
Where we stood in the pen, we couldn't see or hear the warm up, tried very hard to follow, but eventually people around me gave up, and we did out own warm up!
The course was flat. Got my PB of 46:23, so pleased.
It was surreal as we walked back to the train station with our medals and T-shirts, walking by the later waves who haven't started their run yet!
Great atmosphere, great support. I love big races, so would do it every year now. Date of review: May 27, 2013