Vale of York Half Marathon Race Review

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ARE Event Productions will handle the logistics for this event, such as providing results, tracking, and leaderboard information to runners. Runners also have the option of opting into or out of receiving a finisher’s medal at this point in their run.

The route

The Vale of York Half Marathon is an exciting, fast, flat and PB-friendly race that begins and ends just outside Wistow and winds its way along scenic closed roads south of York and north of Selby. A one-lap course that serves novice runners who are taking their first steps up to longer distance running as well as veteran runners looking for one last race before finishing their running season off strong is ideal for both. Organised to benefit Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice who provide outstanding palliative care services across West Yorkshire; runners are asked whether or not they wish to purchase a finisher medal – by doing so supporting them both.

The Vale of York Half Marathon is an efficient, friendly event designed for beginners to the half marathon distance and an ideal way to test yourself ahead of your first marathon attempt this autumn. It boasts stunning roadside support along its lovely course and makes a perfect destination for anyone seeking to set a personal best in this distance.

The atmosphere

The race takes runners along scenic closed roads south of York, passing villages and woodland as they run. At every mile marker there will be supporters there to cheer you on – from those sitting in camping chairs at mile one all the way through to young marshals dressed in RAF uniform at the finish line!

Organisers invite runners to choose whether or not they would like a technical t-shirt and medal, with PS2 of their entry fee donated to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice as charity partner if they choose not to purchase either item.

The support

Volunteers at this race were invaluable in keeping spirits upbeat, cheering each runner on in spite of having to stand outside in the wind and give great advice – such as encouraging runners to stick with their pacer even when it was too fast for them.

I was particularly struck by the polite, young marshals dressed in their RAF uniforms. Rarely does one see such a volunteer ask: ‘How are you doing?’ and give their time so generously in support of runners.

Start and finish at Wistow in North Yorkshire and travel along picturesque closed roads south of York and north of Selby for one lap, perfect for personal best times (PBs). Entry includes a finisher’s technical T-shirt; however runners may opt out and instead donate directly to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice instead.

The finish line

On a scenic one-lap course through Wistow and Sherburn-in-Elmet villages, runners were met with enthusiastic roadside support nearing the finish line. Although some participants voiced complaints about water bottles lacking caps and chaotic marshalling causing fast runners to jostle for space with ice cream vans and spectators alike, overall this event was very well organized by friendly young volunteers in RAF uniforms; Simon capitalized on his good form by running a personal best time of 1:30:29! Congratulations Team HARC!

To reduce their environmental footprint, runners have the option of purchasing a recyclable t-shirt and opting out of receiving the finisher’s medal when registering. To do this, they must submit their email address when registering.

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