In short: Friendly race and pleasent change not to see running club domination at the start line. Great run for novice runners to take part in. I'd wear different trainers if I did it again. Very slippy on second lap in woods. In full: I enjoyed this inspite of the cold. I thought it was short too with only 9.36 km on my gps. Officially it was 10k though so I'll claim I got a PB and my name on the 1st sheet of results not somewhere down the bottom of the list where it normally is. Only wish I'd worn some trainers with a bit more grip. The second lap in the woods got very slippy ofter the entire field had churned it up. Runners and organisers were all really friendly.
My only gripe is the entry was a bit steep and may have put some off. Possibly reducing the price in line with other 10ks in the area could attract more of the club runners who were notably absent and by boosting numbers help raise more cash and increase the charity's profile. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Opinion possibly influenced by a PB :-) In full: Didn't notice any organisational problems - arrived by bike 15-20 minutes before the start, everything went smoothly. Nice to see bananas at the end instead of last year's confectionary. Last year there were numerous comments about the course being longer than 10K. As far as I could tell it was the same course this year and didn't feel more than 10K. Given the PB I'd be very surprised if it was too long. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: A good morning out + its for charity!!! In full: measured 9.41K on my GPS - would have liked a little extra (to make a full 10K).
T-shirt, mars bar and ki-ora type cup drink at finish (very retro - took me back to Saturday afternoons at the cinema when I was a kid) - strangely though, exactly the type of empty calories I crave at the end of a run!
Excellent parking and very easy to get to.
Would definitely do it again next year - especially as it's for charity!!! Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Not as hilly as I thought! In full: Some lovely scenery out of the town and the hills weren't as bad as I expected. Good marshalling and lots of support. Found the last 2 miles tough when it returns to the pavements. Finish is a bit confusing as I wasn't sure which arch was the finish. Although it's probably not a PB course it's very good training for a spring marathon. Date of review: February 10, 2006
In short: Quite physically demanding, might put be off-putting for beginners In full: A tough race, the consensus among my fellow runners that it was as physically demanding as a reasonably flat half-marathon. Very enjoyable though and if you've put in the training miles, it shouldn't pose any real problems. Well marshalled, especially at the difficult (for the marshalls) road crossing beyond the golf course. Date of review: February 10, 2006
In short: very very very tough third hill !!!!!!!! In full: so this is undulating ? dont fancy a hilly run then! Incredible queus for the changing facilities near the start (or were they the toilets ?). Apart from that a great race and will definitely do it again! Date of review: February 10, 2006
In short: Hills, we ran up them, we ran down them! In full: Phew, quite tough. I was very slow on the last hill but my significant momentum carried me down the hill to the end. Poor toilet facilities, could also have done with showers at the end. Having said that good atmosphere and organisation, fantastic setting, great finish. Date of review: February 10, 2006
In short: Don Valley Stadium, the run through the city centre and the support at the hafway stage make this a race worth giving a go. In full: Starting and finishing in the Don Valley Stadium is great, with ample parking close by and indoor toilets and changing rooms a real bonus. The course is fairly tough (but Sheffield is built on seven hills - what do you expect!). There's a great boost at the half way pouint with thousands of specators cheering you on. From about the nine mile mark its all either flat or downhill for the last 4 mile run in, a greta race and I would do it again. Date of review: February 9, 2006
In short: A top stagger In full: A great run... I was glad of the styles cos I went off a bit quick! Made the beers in the afternoon taste even better. Will be back again next year. Date of review: February 9, 2006