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Sugarhouse Survival Guide for the Otley Run

The Otley Run is a legendary Leeds tradition and as our office is enroute we’ve become something of experts in recent years! If you’re doing it for the first time, we’ve got some hints and tips you may want to take advantage of - we've seen it all, from the best costumes to people looking worse for wear by The Box!


Grab some Pub Grub

The Otley Run is a marathon not a sprint so taking a break to line you stomach is not cheating. There’s plenty of great places to grab some pub grub on your way into the City – Mexican at Arc, Burgers at the Box or the Ultimate All Day breakfast at the Box. If that's not up your street, you could always try one of the amazing Street Food places in Headingley, e.g. Red Duk or I Am Doner.

Stay on your own round

Whilst its great fun to be part of a big group, with 12 pubs enroute the last thing you want to do is break the bank every time it’s your round. Stay on your own round, and you’ll head home with a heathier wallet.

Stick to the Route

There is a set route for a reason - some bars in Headingley that like to keep themselves to themselves. This allows locals to enjoy a pint without a group of Disney Princesses joining them! As much as you may enjoy a drink in Whites, stick to the beaten path for this one.

Co-ordinate you Costumes!

There’s nothing worse than an uncoordinated group making their way down the route dressed as a princess, bumble bee, sailor and caveman. Some of the best outfit’s we’ve seen are 15 Jockey's and a horse, a group of Butchers and a Pig and even 5 people wearing pop-up Thomas the Tank Engine tents. There tough competition out there for the best outfit so plan ahead and hit the fancy dress shop early.

Stick to the Rules

Nobody wants to drop out in Hyde Park! The traditional rules advise a half pint at each pub (especially if you’re mixing drinks), you do want to make it into town after all!

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