In short: patchy scenery. Horrible through the docks but worth it to run on the barrage. In full: Good finish out side the fantastic millennium centre and a good welcome and atmosphere. Only complaint would be that they needed more toilet facilities. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Well run, good family day, lots of activities for non-runners... In full: Really enjoyed this race would have paid a couple of extra pounds for a medal, but no coomplaints. Plus compliments to whoever made the flapjack I had after the race. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: The odd niggle aside, more or less the perfect half. In full: I found this a challenging course (lack of training told here, probably) due to the frequency of the hils (appearing just when ou don't want them to!)
Particularly enjoyed - running past the snooker, running into the stadium (that was fun!), the medal, the atmosphere. Didn't enjoy - getting to and from the stadium, the randomly-placed mile markers. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Nice mix of events In full: I am going to be biased on this one as it was my first event. Club vests and serious times at the front through to rehabilitated cardiac patients walking the course at the back. Three mile marker seemed to be missing? Having the childrens events and the one mile adult race means there is a respectable crowd to cheer on your achievement. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Fantastic event. Organisers and support staff as frequent as the water stations. Must remember the sun cream next time though. Idyllic Finish in the throws of Stonehenge to picnic with the Kids! Well done to all. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: A word about the half-marathon race In full: I know there is probably somewhere else I should post this but I can't work it out!
I had a really great time doing the half but, compared to my other experiences (Great North and Sussex Beacon) it was a small field and at times I was genuinely worried that I would get lost on the Downs!
Once or twice I had to shout at unsuspecting members of the public to ask if they had seen other runners and if I was going the right way... and I was by no means last as it turns out!
More signs/marshalling would be useful.
I would definitely do this again but it is punishing... sometimes the downhills more so than the ups if you're not used to the terrain. It has definitely motivated me to go out training on the Downs and maybe try the marathon next year.
The cakes and biscuits at the end were very much appreciated and the atmosphere was really friendly.
In short: Good marathon, with mostly nice scenery. Certainly best medal I've had yet!! In full: For a 3rd half marathon, not a bad test. Went out hard and was glad as there were a couple of hills that gave me some valuable experience. Water in cups is always a bad idea and there seemed to not be many stations in the middle part (the sponges were welcome though). I was certainly surprised when I go home with a PB. Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: Great start and finish in a world class stadium.... In full: Excellent organisation and a real buzz to finish in a brilliant stadium. Flat (for sheffield) and good support from spectators (especially at half way). Big enough to have a good atmosphere, small enough so you dont feel lost in a throng. Highly recommended. Date of review: May 2, 2005