In short: Much better event than the old industrial run and stadium finish. Good crowd support great secenery you get seven miles of downhill In full: THey seemed to have a few first time organisational teething problems , the early water stations when it is thick with runners probably needed a few more people & the baggage collection at the end was very slow but these were really minor points. A great route well supported by the people of Sheffield yes it does have a big climb but that is part of the fun and there is the bonus of a long descent allowing a faster second half which is good for morale 9.5/10 Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Fantastic scenery, great atmosphere, shame about baggage arrangements In full: Great race that was let down by baggage arrangements - 45 minute queue in cold wind to retrieve baggage, only to find that bags had been dumped in road for anyone to take (presumably as organisers had realised queues were taking too long). At least we were provided with space blankets to keep us warm while we waited! Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Great atmosphere with hill and views! In full: First half-marathon and it was brilliant. The climb out of Sheffield was fantastic, moving from the town centre out to the edge of the peak district. The turnout from supporters along the route was amazing, they really showed the best of Sheffield. I would definitely run it again next year! Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: The marshalls were really encouraging and motivating - even call out our names out with encouragement. Second time I've done a UFD Hackney race and would definitely recommend! Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: A very well organised and scenic race In full: An annual local event not to be missed. A good turn out, friendly marshals with a good atmosphere. Chipped timing would be a useful addition due to the 300+ runners in attendance. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: A friendly race - credit to the organisers In full: This is an enjoyable race, on paths around the border of Hackney Marshes (about 80% on tarmac, and 20% grass). The route is flat and quick. The run has a small, community feel: a highlight is the cheerful nature of organisers and marshalls.
I don't begrudge the entry fee (it isn't expensive as London races go), but given the quite low-key nature (no chip timing, no road closures etc) I'd rate it even higher if the fee was reduced to make it even more of a community event.
In short: Fantastic In full: I was the 1:55 pacer and had a great time chatting to others. The hill could be a challenge but that's what makes it worth doing. No problem parking, £1 all day right next to the start. Didn't use the bag drop. A few/lots more toilets would have been nice. Definitely one to put in for next year. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Generally enjoyable but start was very disorganised In full: Very enjoyable race.
Only problem: the start was very disorganised with people in the wrong groups and seemingly no attempt to split by time. I do think this should be revisited as many people will have been held back (and got in the way) by being in the wrong order. Would be better to group by finishing time than splitting people up randomly. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Great race to get you into running In full: This was my first race of 2 10k's running weekend. This and other 10k at Regents Park really enjoyed Free use of changing room and shower at swimming centre. 3 lap course do at own pace and you know where you are going so if slow runner you still know where you are going. Got a Gold medal this time and great goody bag. See you at the June event :-) Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Excellent day apart from baggage collection from the red bus, absolute shambles. Waiting 40 minutes to find my bag had been thrown on floor, just not good enough, spoilt a good day. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Hard but nice course. Not PB potential. Public made the atmosphere enjoyable. A lot of messing around to get there, parking, trams, walking a fair distance to race start. In full: Event marshals didn't know any information, where the different zones were or the baggage area, and some were rude. Parking was eventful and expensive. Baggage area was a disaster. I've been to a lot of races and this one focused more on quantity of people rather than quality and friendly touch. The race was difficult and challenging, lovely scenery and the public made the race more enjoyable. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Wonderful event In full: Incredible atmosphere with so many people out to support. Incredible mix of city centre and moorlands. Challenging first half of the course with continuous hill but very pleasant second half almost all downhill. Some wonderfully supportive marshals and great organisations. Other reviewers have mentioned the queues for the bag drop but the organisers were trying their very best to rectify this and were doing a great job in the circumstances. I'm sure they'll have ideas to improve for next year. A really special event and an outstanding job by the organisers, sponsors, marshals and everyone else involved. Highly recommended for anyone. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Fantastic route & atmosphere...ruined by baggage nightmare In full: Lovely route with ncie scenery, 5 miles uphill and then 8 miles downhill all the way back. Fantastic atmosphere thanks to the wonderful people of Sheffield. Organisation swayed between average and terrible: immediate text showing chip time after the finish was a nice touch, lack of organisation at the start with folks jumping barriers was a mess, water stations were not sign-posted in advance leading to runners swerving across the road at the last minute, and the baggage collection... well, how do I express myself without very bad language?! I waited for an hour in the freezing cold wind, there were people in tears they were so cold, and I missed my train home. The shambles was only resolved by us runners telling the guys on the bus (quite forecefully) what to do and acting as a human chain to get the bags of the bus. It has been a long time since I got that angry. Ruined the whole race for me! A real shame.
In short: As already said by others, brilliant event aside from the bag collection In full: The pre race organisation was superb, and the run itself was excellent, despite the very challenging hills in the first 5 miles, and the. Sheffield crowds were awesome, but unfortunately the day was spoilt a bit by the baggage collection fiasco. I found my bag amongst a large pile of bags on the floor after they had been slung off the bus. The organisers need to take a close look at this for next year, but if sorted, this would be a special race, to be recommended to everyone. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Disgraceful !!! Don't go near this one again !!! In full: You cant put your club name on an online entry - but at least the entry pack claims there will be "Full route signage and marshalling" - you are joking - and they have the cheek to blame works at the pier for the fact that no marshalls at the right place to prevent nearly 1000 runners doing extra 2 miles !!! They can't even send text messages to right people, or put tee-shirts anywhere near the finish - dread to think how bad the usually poor results service will be this time.
In short: The worst organised race I have ever entered In full: The course was changed this year and it caused a complete cock up. Many of us were sent the wrong way resulting in us running an extra two miles. Not only that but at the first water station only one guy was taking any notice of the runners at all and at the end the girls giving out the medals were wandering around aimlessly so it was luck if you managed to get one. Then finally to get your t-shirt and goody bag you had to go into the local park but this was blocked off by barriers because the half marathon runners were going by. It is so disappointing when you are hoping to run a good time and it is spoilt by bad organisation
In short: Fantastic event, just let down with bag collection In full: Until the point of collecting my bag, I would have rated this race as outstanding. The bag pick up was a real nightmare, the wind did not help. I ended up freezing waiting over an hour for my bag! I have no doubt the organisers ( who are excellent) will sort it out for 2016. The crowds were fantastic, I will be back! Date of review: April 12, 2015