In short: Fast, friendly and enjoyable . In full: Nice and flat , great finish point . Quality medal / tech t shirt . Good support in pockets . Occasionally congested at times Definate pb potential. Would consider it again . Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: The worst bag drop I have ever seen In full: This is a good race. Did it in 2014 and the organisation was flawless, loads of pre race loos, great, wide bag drop arranged by number - the way ALL the big races do it. And it's well supported with a nice wide course with enough stuff to keep you interested.
But this year I would describe it as an utter shambles. What was said in the meeting to review last year's race? "Yeah it was pretty good but what we should do is make a total mess of the race village and abandon things (i.e. the bags and loos) that have been working well". Really, really bad. The queue to pick up bags was a joke, and I managed to get mine relatively fast (a mere hour). I felt so sorry for people who were going to be queuing for 2+ hours in a chilly wind, with no money (hence no food) and no way to contact friends and family (if phone in bag). Oh yeah, and no announcements or information. What if it'd poured down like the day before?
Add to that the abstract mile markers and what others have said about the parking. It's hardly getting rave reviews, and all the criticism is fully deserved.
Good for first timers? The course is - undoubtedly. But they won't be back to this or possibly any marathon if they take away the queues and loos as their lasting memory. Shape up and get it right. Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Shameful organisation In full: Organisers take note. The parking is disgraceful. We left in plenty of time to park up but as we are not from the area the sign posting was awful. Found the car park at the football ground but only to be in gridlocked traffic (i ended up letting my husband wait in the que to park while I walked the two miles to the start). He didn't arrive at the car park until 8.55 so missed the start. Mile markers were all over the place and barely able to be seen. I thought I was going mad when I saw the 23 mile sign twice!! Also calculated the race at 26.4 miles along with all my running club. Can't comment on the bag drop as I didn't use it. Although these negatives in did get a 2 min pb and will probably be back next year! Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere and astonishing landscapes In full: This was my first half marathon and I will always have great memories. The atmosphere is awesome, with thousands of people cheering you along the way. The route is hard, Sheffield is hilly and the route takes advantages of the hills at the outskirts of the city, where the peak district starts. But if you don´t mind the hills, its obviously not a PB race, you can run along beautiful sceneraries that make the race worth it. For sure I will repeat! Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: The most stunning Half I've done in 31 years of running the distance. Terrific. In full: Sheffield sits in between and across seven hills, on the edge of the Peak District, and so the route should go up and out of the city centre. So there's a long, uphill stretch from the start to 9km but how else can you see the views that this route offers? The public were brilliant and this is the biggest and best crowd I have run through. Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Pitiful organixation In full: The incompetence of the organizers is off the scale. Hopelessly marshalled parking. Bag drop chaotic - 15 minutes to the start they could only say to the 500 people in the queue leave your bags on the floor and go. The course is a dreary trail through factory estates and suburbia, and the bag collect queue was back into the finishing funnel. Some queued for 2 hours with no announcements etc to get their bags. The only suggestion they could make was come back tomorrow. Either replace the organizers with people who have been to well run events - or kill this race off. Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: great event In full: This is the 2nd time I've done the half marathon in Sheffield. The atmosphere was amazing, better then last year I thought. Well organised and the volunteers did a great job. I stood in the queue for medal engraving. Although the queue was long. I. Didn't have a long wait. The sun was shining so I just enjoyed the sun and the atmosphere of other runners and supporters. I like the medal and good t shirt. This is now one of my favourite running events. Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Badly-organised big city marathon In full: Inadequate marshalling for parking. Inadequate bag drop and collection - it's not difficult to set up numbered marquees (you did it last year IIRC) On course, good water stations and energy gels (except the first one) The start line wasn't clear - would it be too much to ask that you have a sign that says "Start"? The mile 1 sign was facing the wrong way - hence the chuckles in the pack The mile 23 sign appeared twice - this sort of thing is amateurish The mile markers were still too small - why not just buy the metal signs that Vitality or Great Run use? No one should have to search these out - they should be enormous No idea why you'd use the cricket ground - it's a terrible place to host a marathon race village and seems like you couldn't afford MUFC Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: warm weather In full: this year the race went like clockwork i got 1h 35 this course a lot better then old one they even had sorted the hiccups out from 2015 they had rear lorry ends for baggage even standing up Toliets for male runners i am so glad (run for all) took over this citys half marathon also the city centre start is a lot better Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Atmosphere around most of course made this! In full: Lots of support and positive energy on course - great water stations and finish area. Parked at Trafford Town hall on finish line which was mega convenient but might try tram next time. Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Fantastic race along beautiful Jurassic Coast with stunning views and brutal climbs. Great atmosphere, too. Only transport and sign-posting could have been better this year. Got lost in-between. Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Friendly, scenic but them hills.... In full: Well run event, 400 took part on the day so the smallest half I have taken part in which was a bit intimidating before but needn't have worried, really friendly sparse crowd as country lanes but they made up for this with enthusiasm. Nearly died on the hills (three to worry about), but then again I am not used to that and ended with a quicker time than the Bath Half a few weeks ago! Would recommend this to anyone, just respect the up and down-ness and you will have a great experience. Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Fabulous low key friendly fell race. In full: This one has been on my to do list for a few years and now I wish had done it sooner. Bargain entry, excellent organisation , fantastic views, great camaraderie with other competitors. All you would expect from one of the few long distance fell races in Southern England. Nice touch with the medals and trophies at the finish. Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Your standard locally-organised Sunday race In full: My first time running the Croydon Half, and having run the Croydon 10K, it was your standard locally-organised Sunday race as I'd expected. The race consisted of two laps around the Sandilands / Lloyd Park / Addiscombe area, with an extra quarter or mile or so at the start to take you up to the 13.1mi mark. The race is a nice start to the spring-summer medium-to-long-distance season, and was better given the ideal running conditions (with the slight exception of a headwind in the back uphill straight). The only thing I would say about this race is that it could do with a few more water stations, or at least spacing out of the stations; they seemed to be quite close to each other, but all in all a good run! Date of review: April 10, 2016
In short: Physically and Mentally demanding In full: This was a race that to me captured the true sprit of the running community with the two back markers and others encouraging those struggling towards the end to make it over the line. This race is about completing it not time. Brilliantly organised. Date of review: April 9, 2016
In short: And I thought that the Grizzly was my tough run this year... In full: Sidmouth running club did a fantastic job and the late JP would be really proud. I'm local but have never done this run before. It is awesome, but needs to be treated with respect - ie hill training! Date of review: April 9, 2016
In short: Amazing scenery, brutal run In full: Well organised race that was incredibly good value for money. Course was well defined if not as easily signposted as other events. Fantastic views over the jurassic coast occasionally getting a bit close for comfort to the edge! Absolutely brutal terrain, a real physical and mental test. Date of review: April 8, 2016