In short: Poor at very best...Sadly In full: I was really looking forward to this one, especially as I had an entry to the Yorkshire Half but decided I'd stay closer to home.
Pre race build up was non existent and the starter didn't even have a mike to bring the field to order.
The opening miles were on the open roads and pavements which was frustrating only to be followed up with a load of back doubles through residential streets to make up the distance.
The first water point was 5.5k in which was about right but it was on Putney Bridge and there was no advance notice which caused everyone to suddenly stop in front of everyone else.
The stewarding was fine in that they pointed you in the right direction but with the exception of 3 or 4 of them they looked bored and offered zero encouragement.
More could have probably been made of the Thames Path to prevent the need for two laps. Unfortunately there was a load of rubbish left all over the course on the back of the Boat Race yesterday but that can't be held against the organisers!!
Goodies at the end were fine if not a bit cheap. The medal that we were given was embarrassing. Really cheap and nasty that would be more befitting to the winner of a child's egg and spoon race which is a real shame. I expected much much better after 13.1 miles.
To top off what really was a very average event (more like a club meet than an official half marathon) it took nearly 40 minutes to get out of the car park.
Also hope that the gent who collapsed at the end is okay. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Good intentions but let down in a few key area In full: What went well: Good Water stops, well Marked course, Friendly marshals, nice day on the beech What went not so well: The start area was a joke, the course was over long but about 1/5 a mile Summary: Sort out the start, double check the course measurements and it would be a much better race. Glad I didn't do the 10k, there seemed to be some very annoyed runners at the end of that race! Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Fantastic challenging race, amazing support In full: On the whole I don't particularly like the big city races, but thought I would give this one ago now that the Jane Tomlinson Trust has got involved.
Previous Sheffield Half Marathons have been marred with stories of poor parking, no water etc.
No problems whatsoever this year. Everything was perfect for me, easy to park, easy to find. You were kept up to date with emails etc. It all seemed to be simply perfect.
The run itself was a challenge to say the least. All the up's are in the first 5 miles, but its a fairly hard 5 miles certainly. Once you hit the 5 mile mark it was down hill/flat all the way back. Its a mixture of city and rural with some lovely panoramic views across the area once you are high up.
The people of Sheffield were absolutely amazing. The streets were lined with support just about all the way around, and they really helped. My hat goes off to the wonderful folk of Sheffield and the area - well done.
Will certainly be back next year. Many thanks for all the work put into making this such a cracking event. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Well organised, great little race. In full: Shame about the weather, otherwise would be very scenic. Everybody really friendly. Nice to run a race with the emphasis on fun with chocolate at the finish! Thank you to all the Marshall's who gave up their time Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Great choice for my first Half Marathon In full: Having never done an organised run (plenty of cycle rides) I chose Hastings due to the date and proximity. Atmosphere was fantastic with great support from the town. Can't understand why results are published in gross times and not net, Half Marathon is from the start to the finish not adding the time it took to cross the start line which in my case was 2 mins 14 secs. As a newcomer I overestimated my target time by 15 mins and started too far back. Still really enjoyed the day and will be back. Date of review: April 10, 2015
In short: Great race for people living around Croydon In full: This is organised by Striders of Croydon a runners club for Adults only. They follow almost same route, but twice, as Croydon 10k which is arranged by another runner's club - Croydon Harriers in mid October. Great race but don't expect any cheering crowds. I hardly saw anyone cheering except Marshals. Date of review: April 10, 2015
In short: Easter Monday 10k Regent's Park 2015 In full: My daughter and I had a good morning at the Regents Park 10 k run on Easter Monday morning with about 450 others. The organisation was good and marshals were at every junction. And mostly friendly and supportive and stayed until the last finished after 1:30. As a popular London park the three lap course was not without hazards but nothing too griefy. The other competitors were friendly and my daughter who finished over 1:15 was encouraged and supported throughout y other runners. Thank you to them. I would run here again. No big hills and easy to get to by public transport. Date of review: April 7, 2015
In short: Fantastic event - hopefully not the last In full: First time of running this excellent race and sadly it seems it could be at risk for the future. Would be a shame as it's one of the best events I've entered and is deserving of your support. Wonderful scenery, testing course, unbelievable support and organisation - all in all what my idea of running should be. Give it a go and see how it compares to the big 'bucket list' events! Date of review: April 7, 2015
In short: Brilliant In full: I have completed this race for the last few years. The weather was glorious this time being both sunny and cool.The medal was the best yet. This is a lovely little outing on a holiday weekend. Long may it continue. Date of review: April 7, 2015
In short: Scenic, not as hilly as expected In full: Well organised parking in Beaconsfield centre with marshals to help. Picking up the numbers and chips in the rugby club worked well, could have done with one or two more toilets (the ladies queue was longish), but that's the same with nearly every race.
The course was glorious in the spring sunshine, there were a few muddy parts but on the whole it was ok, the organisers were right to suggest wearing trail shoes; it could be trickier if the weather was wet. Lots of marshals throughout the course.
There aren't any real killer hills, though there's a few long drags, particularly towards the end. Nice medal, and plenty of water available at the end.
All in all, a great way to finish off the Easter weekend. Date of review: April 7, 2015