i can guarantee you'll be hooked after it! I never used to race and thought, what the hell, I'll give one a go, if its not for me then i'll go back to the usual. I went straight in at the deep end with a Marathon ( I wasn't just starting out and had been running for about 5yrs). I too went alone, the wife just shoved me out of the car with a "I think you're mad, you wont do it, you'll kill yourself" etc. Although nervous, the pre race atmosphere is great even when alone. I did prove my wife wrong by finishing in just over 4hrs and i race most distances now. I always go alone but always feel comfortable. I like doing a bit of people watching and some small talk. My wife has never given me negative support since and even tracks me in races where possible!
Doncaster Half Marathon, I remember it as a kid, think the start/finish was at the racecourse. The place is flat as a pancake too so must have been a fast course. surprised Doncaster athletics club at the keepmoat stadium haven't given it a re birth even just as a one off. Great transport links too!
Just read in a newspaper that this is having its official distance checked too, still looking forward to it , according to my fellow runner at work, the hilly ones are the most fun! checked the website and they say say number are up from last year.
Ok, Ive gone and taken the plunge! been watching YouTube footage but it was the reviewer that describes it as going for a run with the rest of the lunatics that swung me for me! Not used to running hills so much, did better than expected at the Sheffield half though and should be good training for the York Marathon.