In short: The best marathon I've ever done! In full: Excellent facilities at the start Really enjoyed the varied course with lots to look at Superb marshalling and organisation Fantastic spectator support Lots of drinks stops + gels Loved the stadium finish - goose bumps! Quality goody bag and finishers t shirt This event is sure to go in popularity Loved it!
In short: Excellent starting and finishing in the Don Valley Stadium (sadly for the last time though!) In full: Living in Sheffield this is a must do race for me. Easy to get to and park. Fantastic atmosphere in the stadium (interested to see where we will be next year!), very friendly crowd of runners. Most parts of the run have spectators (but a little thin on the ground at Brightside) Fantastic support particularly in the stadium, City Centre Bramall Lane and Ecclesall Road - awesome running up and down there, the crowd lift your feet and your spirits! Plenty of water stations, well managed. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Tough start but overall a good race. In full: Uphill start was tough but good to get it out of the way. Start was well organised but I found the mile markers were hard to spot and mile 4 the sign was being held up by a policeman! I was expecting closed roads so having to run in one lane of a dual carriageway with traffic next to me slowed me down and made me slightly nervous. Very good at the finis though great atmosphere from the crowds and a very good t shirt. I got a personal best taking 11 minutes of my last time so a good race for me I would run it again. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Very well organised and a nice, scenic course In full: Really well organised and pretty good value compared to most half marathons. Not many races where you get a good quality "technical" running shirt, free energy gels and energy drinks at the finish and at some drink stations along the course. I was expecting a bit of chaos with everyone collecting their number and chip on the day but it was really well organised. Excellent job by Full Boar Events and all the volunteers. The course was hillier and tougher than I remembered but I think I'm just getting older! The "Gated Road" climb up to Market Bosworth seemed to go on forever! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: An excellent race. In full: My third occasion of entering this event.Without a doubt a big challenge which makes it so very satisfying to complete the course. I ran as a group of three and on behalf of us all a really big 'thank you' to the marshals who were all helpful and understanding despite some having to wait a long time at their point. Lovely countryside and well organised. Thank you Marlborough for a very rewarding yet tiring day. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: The most well organized event I've run In full: I'll start at the start, which was a bit congested. I suspect that this was through no fault of the organisers. Rather, it seemed more the fault of some of the runners lining up just behind the 1:30 marker when they were aiming for 1:45, despite the clear markers! The surface on the racecourse is hardly ideal for running, but it doesn't last for long and what the racecourse start does allow for is lots of portaloos - hardly any queueing, which is unheard of at most events.
It is a little difficult to judge pace for the first two miles, being up, down and up again. 7:20 for the first mile, 6:29 for the second, so if you like to print out pace armbands, you'll need to take this into account. Then it's very gently undulating to about halfway - on average gently uphill, but barely enough to notice.
Good to see energy drinks at the halfway point (though I had taken my own) and timing mats at 10k and halfway (and later at 20k). Then it's flat or downhill almost all the way back, apart from a little bridge over the motorway. I say almost, as there is that evil little hill in the last kilometre. The upside, though, is a town centre finish which is a more than fair trade off in my mind. Besides, the hill in the last kilometre adds, in my mind, to the character of the course.
The finish seemed very well organized with a decent medal, running top and other goodies.
All in all, well organized, friendly support and, despite the last hill, a pretty fast course. (Well, I have to say that after getting a pb right on one of my goal times - 1:30:00. I'm very glad the organizers didn't add the traditional one or two seconds to my watch time when calculating my official chip time!) Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: First ever 10k and it's going to be hard to find one to live up to it - even the weather couldn't spoil the race In full: The organisers put so much effort into ensuring it was a smooth event where everyone was made very welcome. This was my first 10k and I have a feeling it's going to be hard to find one as good! The poor weather didn't spoil the race but it's a shame about the family fun side of things as less people than expected hung around. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Very well organised, brilliant atmosphere, great for all the family, amazing goody bag and value for money In full: The goodies alone were worth entering the race for but the race itself had plenty for all. Great support from local people and groups and incredibly well organised. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Good organisation, undulating, not flat In full: What would have been a very nice run was made challenging by the 21C heat. Lots of parklands and excellent support / enccouragement from locals. However, the 2nd half of the race did seem quite undulating - I train (up to 22 miles) with 3 x Grade 5 climbs and this race ended up being not far short of that (in terms of overall climbing). However, I'm sure it felt alot worse than it should have as a result of the weather. Woudl I do it again - yes, if the wife allows me... Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Good, fun race in & around Abbey Park In full: First time I've run this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Relaxed atmosphere, enjoyed the multi lap aspect. Marshalls were great and free parking at the Space Centre! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Fast, flat 10k - great value as well. In full: I have run the Silverstone HM a number of times, but this was my first time at the 10k. The event was organised very well, and the course offers real PB potential in the right conditions. I don't believe the hype about the race being long - do some runners genuinely believe that their GPS watches are more accurate and reliable than the UKA Certificate of Course Accuracy??!! I once clocked 27 miles at the London Marathon, maybe they have got the distance wrong at that event as well? Well done to Silston, this was a fantastic event. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Great family day In full: All round excellent family day. My wife and 5 year old daughter completed the 2k fun run before the main race. First time for my daughter who loved every minute of it. Main race was very well organised. The minster start point was a great focal point. The spectators really got behind the runners during the first mile through the town. The climb by side of Westwood was a nice challenge, then the last two miles was very a very quick down hill before re- entering the town for the home straight. This end part if the race was great, crowd really pushed you in to a strong finish. Fruit at the end was a good idea. Race HQ and parking was very well organised. Will definitely run next year! Well done to the team that organised it! Date of review: May 14, 2013