Report from Matt:
The weather forecast was for rain, but I got up to sun on Sunday morning and picked up Sarah, Donna and President Billy and drove to Leeds to park at Billy’s work, and use their toilets. A big do the Leeds half – not my normal sort of race – a right circus with over 6000 road runners. So we all set off for our respective starting pens and off we went though town to Meanwood road. Much hotter than I had expected, so stripped off to a vest and tried to pace the uphill start. Not very hilly compared to a fell race, but uphill, steeply as we left Meanwood to join Stonegate rd. Passed Andy Webster at this point who was making excuses and sweating.
Once on the ring road its nearly all downhill and time to pick up the pace, cruising down Butchers hill ( where Billy had passed someone having a poo!) and onto a warm Kirkstallroad. Only 4 miles of flat boredom to the finish, but I felt good so sped up and picked people off all the way into the finish. Music, shouting and lots of platitudes greeted us as we picked up our goodie bags (purple Tshirts) and medals. Even pints of alcohol free beer.
I watched most of the team come home, except Laurel and Tash, then it took Billy 1 1/2 hours to get home.
Not my bag, but glad to have done it.
Rachel Brooke 703 in 1.41.11
Matt Podd 1113 in 1.46.19
Andy Webster 1473 in 1:53:09
Mary Hampshire 2127 in 1.51.14
Billy 2384 in 1.54.48
Reebs K 2951 in 2.01.02
Daniel M 3822 in 2.01.06
Donna Edmondson 5346 in 2.26.16
Laurel Freer 5553 in 2.33.27
Tash Whitaker 5607 in 2.35.52