In short: Like a fast training run, except with lots of other runners and its by the river In full: Fast, scenic and clubby, but nice enough. Weather was nice - cloudy and a little chilly. Marshalls were nice and encouraging, which was good as there was nobody else around except for the odd lost SUV. Bit of a trip back to the start from the finish line, which was a tad depressing. Good job the organisers momento was a long sleeved t-shirt or I would have froze. Brrr.... Interestingly everyone, more or less, got into position the start according to their ability. Maybe that was the competitive club element (?), lithe whippets that they are. Shame more runs' entrants don't have the same self awareness. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: In a word - superb !!!!! In full: Heard a lot about this race prior to running it and have to say it certainly lived up to expectations. Only down side was the congestion at the start and trying to squeeze over the canal bridge. However the marshal's were brilliant, lots of encouragement from the spectators and the overall organisation was top class. Lots going on to entertain the whole family and the fun runs were great for the children. Finally must mention the generosity of Muller for supplying an unbelievable goody bag and endless pots of yoghurt. A cast iron certainty for next year. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Have done this race several times, the course is excellent and only 15mins drive from my house In full: This race is always full before the closing day for entries and you can see why. Lovely course starting from underneath Beverley Minister, round the narrow streets of Beverley and out through the Beverley Bar (no not a public house!). Road then heads for the open pasture of the Beverley Westwoods and past the Burgess's ice-cream van (no stopping now for a 99!!). As you you run along you wll see cattle happily grazing on the green pasture (or as today, cattle running alongside the runners!). The undulating road winds down to the outskirts of Walkington village were you turn left and head back towards Beverley. The finish comes up quickly as you thread your way past through saturday and then wednesday markets.
Great race, well organised as usual and a good day out. Bit colder this year but nice all the same. Don't forget, get your entries in early for next year or you will miss out!
In short: Good solid fast race around the park In full: Only gripe being that the toilets didn't turn up until 15 minutes before the start, but I assume that's not the organisers fault. Apart from that the organisation was excellent - they even sprayed any tree roots on the courseso you could see them better. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Great for the elites, not so good for the plodders In full: I entered because of the review's on here.
It is a good race, in that it is flat and the scenery is good. However if you are a plodder (like me 11m/m) then I would enter something Reading instead for atmosphere for you first half, I would not recomend this race. There were time when we had no idea which way to run because there was a real lack of marshalls, or they had got bored and were gazing in the wrong direction and or talking to friends etc so you had to run up to them and ask which way to go.
Can we have a medal instead of a T-shirt and can you get the pub to open up at 11, they missed a fantastic oportunity there.
That all sounds a bit negative. It is a good race, but did mostly feel like just being out for a long weekend run. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Great atmosphere at the half way turn In full: Good start with the umpah band in the Don Valley Stadium. Route well marshalled. Great atmosphere at the half way turning point, with runners passing each other on opposite sides of the road, local radio blasting out the tunes, both sides of the street lined with student and family spectators. Ample water and sponge stations throughout. The run around the exterior of the stadium at the finish was a bind, but seeing the waitng crowds was uplifting. First Aid was spot on, the blisters could never stop me from finishing this one.Certain to be here again next year.Well done Sheffield and 'Help A Hallam Child' :) Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: My first half-marathon- I'll be back! In full: My first effort at the distance, from the start in what is a cracking stadium, all the way through I had fun. Opening 3 miles not too great scenically, but then you pass Elysium (Bramall Lane) and head towards Eccleshall Road, which you run up, and then down (turnaround point was manna from heaven). Oh, that road. My knee packed in half-way up, if it weren't for the crowd and the music I'd have walked. Ran the last 6 miles with a pronounced limp, making the hills proper hard, but enough water, sponges and encouragement to keep me running all the way.
Now, I can't walk, I have to go to the doctors tomorrow. Time off sick is beckoning (I need to be mobile in my job), but I'd do it all again tomorrow. Fantastic! Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Surprisingly hilly, great support along the way, organisation first class. In full: As only my second marathon after running in the Three Forts 2 weeks ago I rather underestimated how tough this would be. Set a Half Marathon PB for the first half and started suffering almost immediately afterwards. The last 6 miles felt incredibly long and when the marshall flagged me to turn left across the fields at 25.5 miles I thought he was taking the p**s! Great event though and hit my target time - next time I'll give it a bit more respect! Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Great, fast, flat (ish) race. In full: Great confidence restoring race after last week's Dorking 'Fun' Run, which was no fun at all. Please do it again next year. Date of review: May 14, 2006
In short: Excellent marathon through the attractive Essex countryside in perfect running weather. Highly recommended! In full: First class event in all areas! Good changing/shower facilities, free tea/coffee and reasonably priced sandwiches afterwards, friendly low-key feel amongst runners, plenty of well-located marshals and residents offering loud vocal support (some lady shouted out "nearly there" to me at 8 miles!! which made me split my sides!), plenty of water/sports drink stations which gave you the choice and help me get a decent time, roads mainly quite and the countryside was lovely and help to distract when pain and tiredness became an issue after 18miles, perfect weather this year, good quality medal and a generous goodie bag.
Thanks to Halstead Road Runners, all he helpers, and the supporters that made this a great day out, and I'll be back next year without doubt!!! Date of review: May 14, 2006