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Leeds Half Marathon

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 18:33

All good points and I agree that 3 hours cut off isnt necessarily draconian however races dont always go to plan no matter how good the training. The hills come relatively early in the race and as someone has pointed out the last 4 or 5 miles are relatively flat. This means that if the wheels start to come off on Stonegate Road there's up to 10 miles still to get round. I'm guessing you didnt do the second half in 2.24 Nykie and there's the rub. Do you risk further injury by trying to beat the cut-off at all costs or do you simply give in?

OK, I've been persuaded that cut-offs are necessary. I still feel 3 hours for this particular race is a little skinny though, especially as the event is primarily to raise funds for charitable causes. Intuitively 3.5 hours feels right to me however I can see that we are just going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

What I do feel strongly about though is that races that operate cut-off times make this clear. Here RW could play a part. In the Events profile all sorts of useful information is given about any given race: water-stations, traffic-free?, profile etc. Surely it wouldnt be too much of a stretch to include whether or not the organisers apply a cut-off time.

Liverbird. I can confirm officially that you are not the slowest person in the world.

Tony the tash, that's just insane. The only way I'd do Leeds half quicker than than BM would be by doing it on a push-bike. Even then it'd be touch and go.

Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 18:59

Hi Sticky88. I've done the race a few times. It's a friendly race and there's  more road-side support than you tend to see in other 10k races mainly because a large part of the race goes along Meanwood Road where there are a large number of residential houses on either side of the road. 

In truth it's not the most scenic of races though the first bit is a circuit of Leeds city centre, but it is flat and they always seem to get the good weather (though I didnt do it last year).

Suspect if you put your mind to it you could get a fast time but its such a huge field you'll do well not to get caught up in traffic.

You'll enjoy it. I always do.

I'm surprised there are still places though. It used to fill really quickly. 

Leeds Half Marathon

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 23:48

Hi Cougie. It isnt the easiest of courses but I take your point.

However, the entry fee has increased by 27% from last year and the number of entrants increased to 6000 so if there is an economic reason for the cut off I'd be interested to hear it.

I've no problem with the roads being re-opened. I'm happy to run the back end of any race under my own steam. That's how I train when all's said and done . I'm not even bothered about not getting a goodie bag/T-shirt. I've got draws full of race t-shirts.  It's the fact that I wont have an official time that grates.  

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 23:26

Hi Red.

Enjoy that wine! 5.00.50 is only 51 seconds from 4 hours something and I'd kill for that. 

Leeds Half Marathon

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 23:12

 Hi HL. OK, I accept that a cut off is necessary. It's just that 3 hours for Leeds HM seems a little harsh.

Mathschick. It was great that the organisers let you finish and if it wasnt for the fact that I've secured sponsorship I'd have been happy to take my chances. What I'm not prepared to do however is ask sponsors for money if there isnt even a record that I've run the race.

As a compromise, I'm going to give it a go but I'm not going to get any more sponsors. I've  told those who have  sponsored me already  that I shant be collecting any money on the basis that I wouldnt like to guarantee that I'd finish with 3 hours.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 14:50
Happy VLM day everyone!

Leeds Half Marathon

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 14:46

Really disappointed to note that Leeds half marathon has imposed, for the first time, a cut off time of 3 hours. The race organisers state that anyone who is still on the road at 3 hours will be invited to withdraw. If they dont then they have to run without the support of the organisers and will not be given an official time which could potentially be embarrassing for anyone collecting sponsorship money.

Over the past two years 44 runners have taken 3 hours plus to do this particular race. Given that the entry was increased to 6000 this year there will be many more on race day who fall into this category some of whom will be unaware of the cut off. I wont even go into the gun time v chip time debate.

If the Jane Tomlinson Run for All (oh, the irony!) organisation dont want slower runners in their races then that's their prerogotive, however I feel it would have been better had this particular  slap in the face for plodders not been hidden in the small print.   

I'm not a fan of cut-off times however I fully appreciate that in a city centre mass event like the Leeds half then for the purposes of road closure, police support etc then one is needed. Leeds half is such a testing race though (back when I could run 1h 45 mins halves I never did Leeds in less than two hours) I feel a three and a half hour cut off would be fairer.

Question Time

Posted: 28/01/2011 at 00:07

What the hell has happened to this programme? 

It used to be half decent with panellists like Benn, Owen, Heseltine, Hattersley, Portillo, Livingstone Tebbit, etc, etc,  the list is endless. People with something to say. Not necessarily people you agreed with but big beasts all the same. 

Tonight there were two has-beens (Will Self and Edwina Currie), a "never will be so long as he has a hole in his arse" ( Chris Huhesless), an ex reality show contestant (Katie Hopkins) and the "other one" (someone who knocks about with Ed Milliband, apparently). Ironically, Hopkins was the only one with an opinion that hadnt been fed to her by central office. 

Not a single individual whose opinion I could give a toss about. None of them had a clue about anything they were talking about (the section about Andy Gray/Richard Keys was an embarrassment) and an audience who were more interested in declaring their right-on credentials than expressing an original thought. In fact, not for the first time the audience was full of idiots. There really needs to be some kind of qualification to be in the Question Time audience. A brain would be good start.  

And Dimbleby, give it up. You make Bruce Forsyth look like a young turk. Robin Day would have shown the cretins in the audience up for what they were, idiots (see above) . Dimbleby just indulges them.

If Question Time is the level of political debate in this country then its no wonder we're in the mess we're in.

I this a sackable offence?

Posted: 27/01/2011 at 23:18

Jesus, is anyone watching the sanctimonious f*ck-wits on Question Time, panel and audience included  (Katie Hopkins excepted)???

What sort of smugtwat exam do you have to pass before you're allowed to be in the audience? 

Edwina Currie on discussing the opposite sex "I'm old enough to be their mother, I can say what I like ha ha "

Well, Andy Gray is old enough to be Sian Massey's father, can he say what he likes?

Thought not. 

Hateful programme. If Will Self was made of chocolate, he'd eat himself.

Come back Rodney Marsh, all is forgiven. 

I this a sackable offence?

Posted: 27/01/2011 at 22:52

Hi Cake

If indeed it wasnt his first offence and he had already been warned then surely he should have sacked on Monday and not given a sham warning.

I'm no great fan of Andy Gray but that's no reason for him to be denied the same employment rights as everyone else. 

I dont believe that video evidence from December 2010 can be treated as new evidence and I'll be surprised if Gray isnt successful in his action for unfair dismissal against Sky.

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