In short: Dangerously bad organisation In full: Sorry to repeat this, but the p***-poor organisation at the baggage tent was criminal and people were suffering from hypothermia (and I never did get my bag). Unforgivable. Date of review: April 30, 2012
In short: Quirky is the word! In full: A fab event - putting the fun into running. Who wouldn't run fast with a bleedin' big wave chasing you (and it was impressively large)! Nice friendly bunch of people to run with, easter eggs at the finish and an extreme bus ride back to the start. Still smiling just thinking back to it - if you get the chance, do this race. Date of review: April 11, 2012
In short: Excellently organised, pancake-flat marathon. In full: My congratulation to the organisers - absolutely faultless with lots of nice touches; on-site parking, more marshalls than runners, a very welcome tin-foil poncho at the finish (it had just started raining again) AND someone to put it on me (I was in no state to do it myself!).
Course itself was very flat and potentially very fast. Got a bit lonely through 16-23 miles but cheered up on hitting the prom and the locals were very polite and supportive.
In short: Superb race - a "must do" In full: Thanks to KCAC for another cracking Yorkshireman. Have to mark you down for not having scones at the halfway checkpoint this year, but the biscuits were good and the soup & cake at the finish was excellent. Oh, I quite enjoyed the run, too.
As for the previous comment about no showers - did you not see the fell-runners' shower (hose pipe) round the back of the school! Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: Chaotic start & finish. Bit inbetween is quick, though... In full: So are you telling me the rolling start was deliberate? If so, how about time-segregated pens in the assembly area, rather than a 1000 person huddle? And a queue for tee-shirts (pretty poor ones, at that)? Really could do better.
In short: Lovely trail race In full: Even a bit of rain didn't detract from this brilliant race. Faultless organisation, stunning scenery - definately one of my fave runs.
Two minor quibles for the organisers. Firstly, if the two unmanned check-points signs simply said "Checkpoint" and an arrow pointing to the dibber, more people would work it out (I sussed it; lots didn't). Secondly, you should spell out that the "food available at finish" is no longer free for the runners (I was a bit miffed at that). Lots more positives than negatives, though. Sports drink (at Malham Tarn?) was a very welcome addition. Date of review: June 7, 2009
In short: Lovely views In full: Brathay have gone to great lengths to make this a special race - well done. A great race to bring friends & family, plenty to entertain while we runners are out having 'fun'. Date of review: May 19, 2009
In short: Big city half with superb organisation In full: Not the pretiest or flatest half, but really slick organisation and well supported. Fast moving toilet queue, civilised start in the pens, coned-off roads kept us safe and cheery marshalls with pom-poms raised a smile, even down Kirkstall Rd (which is not cheery). Well done Leeds Council - worth saving. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Flat, fast In full: I didn't recognise this race from some of the previous descriptions for 2008. As an experienced racer, I can vouch that this one is well organised and worth doing. There was a large indoor bar area to gather in to keep out of the cold, marshalling to the start was clear and orderly, the course is utterly flat (high point = rail crossing, for goodness sake!) and clearly marshalled, and it's pretty cheap to enter too. The start lane is a bit narrow, Tesco traffic was not always terribly considerate and there is a wait to get out of the car-park (to avoid running over back-markers - fair enough). Not flawless, but a good race - Well done Thirsk & Sowerby. Date of review: December 1, 2008