Inaugural Vale of York Half Marathon – 7th September, 2014

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Race report submitted by Mike & Caroline Burdon

The Race

Vale of York Half Marathon

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Value for Money


Beginner Friendliness


Club Support & Social


In Short

Great new event

In Full: We were looking for a half marathon to do before our holidays, when we came across the first running of the Vale of York, in Sherburn in Elmet.

With a 9.30am start we booked a hotel nearby to avoid a morning rush.

We arrived at Sherburn Aerodrome to register and collect our numbers to find it was quite a hike from the car park to race HQ resulting in us having to jog to the start line to be in time for the race start (this was the only thing I could knock them for, as it was described as a short walk).

The race started on the runway, then headed out into the country lanes on a lovely sunny day. As advertised it was nice and flat, although it was quite hot there was some good tree lined parts to the run resulting in lots of snaking across to the shaded sides of the roads.

The route was three miles out then a big loop round and back onto the same road back in and finishing on the aerodromes carting racetrack. It has great PB potential, both myself and Mrs B got PBs, which we were delighted about. After a quick chat with Jason and Lisa at the finish, it was into the car and back up the A1. we were home for 2pm, just in time to see the millionth runner finish the GNR

Mike Burdon – 1:41:03

Jason Taylor – 1:44:17

Caroline Burdon – 1:47:36

Lisa Taylor – 1:53:07

Bethany Coles – 2:22:44

900 competitors for the first race, on the same day as The Great North Run. Great value at £20, including a medal and technical t-shirt. Roll on next year, definitely a one for the diary.

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