Leeds Half Marathon - Run for all

Overview

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With its city centre start and finish, the Leeds Half Marathon brings  a great atmosphere to the heart of the city. 


This is a challenging road race, hilly in places. and a good training event in preparation for the Leeds marathon. A mass warm up ensures that everyone is raring to go and the race gets underway at 9.30am on The Headrow next to Victoria Gardens.Cheering crowds line the route as runners head to the finish in Cookridge Street alongside the showpiece Millennium Square, which is a perfect venue for our event hub. Passing through the finish area you'll collect water and an energy drink to replenish and rehydrate, and your finisher's goody bag to showcase your achievement.

The Course

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Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon is one of Yorkshire's most popular charity road runs. The route has been known as an effective stepping stone for The Yorkshire Marathon as you are challenged with similar hilly terrains. Starting on The Headrow, in the heart of the City Centre, runners are instantly hit with the euphoria that surrounds this fantastic event. Eventually the course heads out of the City Centre, via New Briggate, towards Meanwood.At around the 9-mile mark, runners meet Abbey Road which boasts the stunning Kirkstall Abbey  , It is then a triumphant return to the City Centre along the Kirkstall Road. Finishing at a packed Millennium Square, provides runners with ideal finale to their fantastic achievement! 



Where, when and how much?

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Leeds City Centre- annual in May

£32 plus fee.  Discounts available for teams and charity entries also accepted.


https://lhm2019.eventdesq.com/reg/types



Training Plans

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Training is essential in the build up to any successful race. It becomes a part of your lifestyle influencing many of your choices and decisions. It can be a daunting prospect-where do you start?Fear not!  Run for all who organise this event and more  have a number of training guides, provided by qualified Personal Trainer Graeme Hilditc These will  help you achieve the perfect preparation for your race whether it be a 10K, Half Marathon or the big Yorkshire Marathon. The Training Guides cater for varying levels of ability: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


https://www.runforall.com/our-2018-training-guides/

Facilities

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Along with baggage store and toilets, the Millennium Square is the location for the charity village . There is an array of restaurants, cafes and bars in and around Millennium Square .

BAGGAGEBaggage Stores will be based on Portland Gate for Yellow and Green runners and Victoria Gardens for Red and Blue runners.WILL CHANGING FACILITIES BE AVAILABLE?Unfortunately, not.HOW CAN I MEET UP WITH FRIENDS/RELATIVES AFTER THE RACE?There will be a Friends and Family Meeting Point at the event, typically in the Event Village. Please refer to the race guide for exact location.

Final Questions

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WILL THERE BE PACERS?You will find pacers in the appropriate time zones. WHAT FUEL PROVISION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON COURSE?There are water stations on route at approximately 3, 5.5, 8.5 and 11 miles. There is also High5 energy gels at around 8.5 miles. Water is available at the finish along with Erdinger Alkoholfrei.
ARE THERE ANY TOILETS ON ROUTE?Toilets can be found at the start and finish and also around the course at approximately 2 mile intervals.

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Leeds/Liverpool Canal Canter

Overview

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A scenic, fast and flat, out-and-back route along the beautiful tow path, great for achieving PBs. Pick your distance, from the ultimate challenge of the Ultra to the sprint of the 5K with the chance to pit yourself against the Marathon, 20 miler, Half Marathon and 10K distances in between.


https://racebest.com/races/leeds-liverpool-canal-canter

The Course

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Multi terrain canal run, with various distances from 5k to ultra marathon. Flat course. 

As the name suggests this is an out and back canter on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The route will start and finish at Kirkstall about 2.5 miles outside the centre of Leeds. Whilst this flat route is not particularly technical it’s a great opportunity to improve your own PB. 




Where, when and how much?

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Race HQ:LPSA Club, 4 Beecroft Street, Leeds LS5 3AW Car Parking and changing facilities are available at the LPSA club, a short walk from the start of the race. Marshals will be in place to direct  Places are limited to 10 for the Ultra, 60 for the marathon and 100 for the half marathon, 100 for the 10K and 20 for the 5K


Cost from £10-£50 depending on distance entered.


The organisers http://www.itsgrimupnorthrunning.co.uk/

offer seasonal variations of this event. Check out the halloween Hubble Bubble canal  run and their Christmas cracker canal run

Facilities

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Water stations  Toilets  Changing facilities  Baggage store  No distance markers  No showers

Final Comment

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Leeds Canal Canter half marathon.... done! Great organisation, super bbq and cake to finish 

Leeds Liverpool Canal Christmas Cracker

Overview

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The Leeds and Liverpool Christmas Cracker will be a jolly good merriment of festive fun.  There will be tables laden (scrooge style) with mulled wine, chocolate baubles and Christmas cake, Yum, Yum and there maybe even a plum pudding and bauble designed medal at the end. 

A scenic, fast and flat, out-and-back route along the beautiful tow path, great for achieving PBs. Pick your distance, from the ultimate challenge of the Ultra to the sprint of the 5K with the chance to pit yourself against the Marathon, 20 miler, Half Marathon and 10K distances in between.


http://www.itsgrimupnorthrunning.co.uk/grim-up-north-running-events/event/leeds-and-liverpool-christmas-cracker-2019/id/79/do/details

The Course

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Multi terrain canal run, with various distances from 5k to marathon distance over a weekend . Flat course. 

Rated 1/5 for difficulty this is a course for all. The route will start and finish at Kirkstall about 2.5 miles outside the centre of Leeds. Whilst this flat route is not particularly technical it’s a great opportunity to improve your own PB. 




Where, when and how much?

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8/9th December Annual event


Race HQ:LPSA Club, 4 Beecroft Street, Leeds LS5 3AW Car Parking and changing facilities are available at the LPSA club, a short walk from the start of the race.


Cost from £10.50-£35.50 depending on distance entered.


The organisers http://www.itsgrimupnorthrunning.co.uk/

offer a host of events across the region of varying distances and difficulty levels. 

Facilities

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Water stations  Toilets  Changing facilities  Baggage store  No distance markers  No showers

Final Comment

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Festive fun and merriment!   

The 'Grim up North' running group are pretty relaxed so it was a good event for 2 first timers. There were people of all shapes, sizes and abilities. 

GREAT NORTH RUN HALF MARATHON

Overview

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World famous with over 57,000  participants, the iconic GNR is 13.1 miles  run on closed roads from Newcastle to south shields coast road. 


Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne the 13.1 mile route takes runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne where thousands of people will cross over the iconic Tyne Bridge, where if you're lucky, you might get a glimpse of the Red Arrows passing overhead. From there runners will travel through Gateshead while being entertained by our Bands on the Run. The route, lined by thousands of supporters, leads runners to South Shields where at the top of Prince Edward Road the view of the sea is one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course.From that point there is just over a mile to go and the crowds get louder as runners make their way down the final straight towards the finish line.

The Course

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13.1 miles. Flat course on roads. Long steady slight uphill section as your head towards coast road and south shields. Nothing too steep but long.  

 http://www.raceroutes.co.uk/route/805/931/great-north-run


The course  is well supported and there are official water stops and well meaning spectators offering water and snacks along the route.


Remember to get your name printed on the front of your t-shirt or vest - hearing your name called, even by a total stranger, is hugely motivating.  If you've never eaten mini mars bars, orange segments or bananas on the run, then politely decline them from well-meaning spectators - you just don't know how your body might react.

Where, when and how much?

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Very popular annual event  in Newcastle in September .

Registration as a result is via ballot . Register for reminder service here:

https://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run/event-info



Raising money for charity is a big part of the Simplyhealth Great North Run experience for many runners.
You may be able to run for a charity by agreeing to raise sponsorship money.
Take a look at the page below for more information on individual organisations.


https://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run/run-for-charity

Training Plans

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Beginner and improver weekly training plans can be found here:-


https://www.greatrun.org/training-simplyhealth/training-plans/#beginner


On the day, keep your head up . As you get tired, you may find that your head drops and you're looking at your feet. This not only tips your torso forward, making your running technique less efficient, it can also sap your spirit, because you aren't making eye contact with fellow runners or spectators. 


Once you are on the final few miles, pick out a runner and try to catch them up. Even if you don't manage it, it gives you something to focus on. .


Run at your own pace The biggest mistake runners of all abilities and levels of experience make is to start events too fast.  It's far better to start off slower and speed up later 



When the going gets tough,  focus only on the present and each step that needs to be taken. It can be helpful to have a 'mantra' - a key word or short phrase on which to focus 


 Enjoy yourself  try to enjoy the journey as well as the destination


When you cross the finish line  don't stop suddenly. Keep moving while your heart rate and breathing rate get back to normal. And remember to stretch out your muscles (unless they are very sore and tender, in which case it's best to leave stretching for another day). 

Eat and drink something within the first half hour of finishing and change into some warm dry clothes and footwear.

Top Tips

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Check out GNR top tips here, including these last minute tips

https://www.greatrun.org/training-simplyhealth/blog/tips-for-event-day-success#gezi6LfGEMi0tUMf.97


Have a good meal the night before event day that is high in carbohydrates and low in fibre. 


Get your kit ready the day before and pack clothes appropriate for the potential weather conditions. 


Run in comfortable kit that you have worn during training. This includes everything from your running shoes and socks to your underwear and top.


Don't run on empty .Eat at least two hours before your event, to allow time for digestion. 


Don't overdress -avoid the temptation to overdress. . Wear a bin liner over your running garb to keep rain off or a top layer that you can peel off and throw away once you warm up (perhaps buy some old gear from a charity shop). 


Be lav savvy -Toilet queues are an occupational hazard for runners, so allow plenty of time for your pre-run visit to the loo.  


Organise your fans! Try to have as many friends and family out there as possible on the day. Be very specific about where you want them to go -  and tell them roughly what time you expect to reach that point of the course. 


After your run remember to: Take a break & Give yourself credit!

Facilities

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Use public transport where possible and give yourself plenty of time. 

There is no official event parking available at the start. Parking will be available at the finish opening from 06:15, on the Leas or at Bents Park Playing fields, for £10 for the day. Alternatively, there is public parking around South Shields.  


Baggage buses transport bags from start to end.


Comprehensive event guides give start and finish maps and information.

http://grimages.blob.core.windows.net/blobgrimages1/documents/2018-08-17-2018_Simplyhealth_Great_North_Run_Event_Guide.pdf

SOUTHPORT HALF MARATHON

Overview

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Annual half marathon around Southport . Family freindly with live music at start/finish line. Circular route on closed roads. Atmosphere encouraging and all inclusive.  Good for those wanting to try half marathon for first time as very flat. 10 k option available.

Free family mile is a great way to include the children.


Click here to enter: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=3764

The Course

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13.1 miles. Flat course on roads


https://www.strava.com/routes/9364423

Where, when and how much?

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Enter as an individual, for charity or as a club /team.


Half Marathon-£26-£31 with early birds getting discount.


10k- £21-£26


Free family one mile

Annual in July.



Top Tips

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Pace yourself at start

Good running shoes. Try www.Asics.com Dynaflyte

 Bring the family along and make a day of it.


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MANCHESTER HALF MARATHON

Overview

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Annual half marathon around central Manchester.  Circular route on roads. Atmosphere encouraging and all inclusive.  Good for those wanting to try half marathon for first time. All different levels of fitness and pacers depending on time expected.

The Course

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13.1 miles. Flat course on roads.  Dont forget to warm up /cool down at end - make the most of leg massages at finish line.   

Where, when and how much?

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Enter as an individual, for charity or as a club /team.


Individual entry circa £37 (2018)


Annual in October  


To register follow this link:

http://www.greatermanchestermarathon.com/

Top Tips

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Pace yourself at start

Good running shoes. Try www.Asics.com Dynaflyte

Book a massage as a treat for the next day

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