In short: A nice wide course, well marshalled, and organised. A vistory for a race committee that listens!! In full: I have to agree with other reviews - this was far better than last year: the organisation of the start was like clockwork, and clearly split into target times, and the extended finish in the stadium was brilliant. My abiding memory of last year was of starting in a school yard - the new start system prevented this problem, although we got lucky with the conditions given that Kent had snow on the same day!! The lucky bags were great and support was keen, although it appeared less populated than last year. One of my wife's gripes last year was that energy drinks and water had run out by the time the slower runners were coming past, but this year there was plenty. Even the bag drop was under cover. Date of review: April 12, 2006
In short: Learning the ropes In full: This is my second marathon, and although I felt that I had put in the miles for it, I was found out at the 17 mile mark. I was just so bloody cold. In the end, I was disappointed by my performance on what is a very good course.
In short: Well organised, fast race, but where are the results? In full: An excellent race, flat with just a few minor inclines, good parking arrangements and marshalling, little traffic on the course, not too many runners so very good PB potential. No sign of the results on the website yet, hopefully that will be rectified. Date of review: April 12, 2006
In short: Very well organised half marathon and better route than previous years. In full: This is my 3rd time running this half marathon and definately my best! Completed it in PB time and the course changes were a definate improvement, particularly the last few miles. Superb organisation and plenty of water and lucozade available both throughout the course and at the finish. Running into the stadium at the finish is amazing, it makes it all worthwhile! Good atmosphere, fantastic support and a great goodie bag and medal makes this a race I will do again! :-) Date of review: April 12, 2006
In short: starter for ten In full: First road race for 20 years; enjoyed the event and will do more. Lack of mile markers caused problems, and no prizes for the toilets at the start, but other than that delighted. Will be back next year. Date of review: April 12, 2006
In short: A Huge Improvement on last year. The Organisers have listened to previous criticism and done an excellent job. In full: OK… So Reading is no oil painting, but other than the take it or leave it scenery they had everything spot on this year. Despite a much bigger field, the start was well organised, the route was well supported/marshalled and there is the excellent finish in the football stadium. Good Goodie bags, plenty of water and lucozade, ample toilets and a good quality medal… Well done to the Organisers for listening to the runners and putting on a top event. Date of review: April 12, 2006
In short: Friendly, PB potential course. In full: Thought the event was good and is now getting the popularity it deserves; however I wouldn't want to see it grow much more. Date of review: April 12, 2006
In short: This was my first half marathon and i was very impressed with the organisation and also the atmosphere. Lots of support on the way round. Will definately be there in 2007 !!! In full: This is by far the best event i have ever taken part in. Plenty of toilets - both at start and race site. Atmosphere will take some beating !!! Got cheered on almost all the way round. Cracking course - a couple of challenging hills but nothing that will kill you. Lovely Medal for my collection and the goodie bag for half decent too. Well done to the event organisers. See you all in 2007.
In short: Fantastic First Time Half marathon experience!! Def be back next year!! In full: Was my first half marathon and I felt the training paid off. Was a good route but must admit did find the long stretch from about 10/11 miles back to the start line was the toughest along with the horrible part at Green Park! Was determined not to give up though and seeing the stadium in the distance really helped motivate me. The atmoshere at the end in the stadium was amazing and felt on such a high when crossing the finish line. Am eager now to run lots more halves and maybe..just maybe a full marathon! Will be out running again as soon as body has fully recovered!! :) Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: Enjoyed it and happy to get a bag at the end In full: Of course it's flat this is Sheffield, and who needs water except at the end, where they appeared to have run out - whoops! who'd have thought there'd be that much demand at the end of a 10k. I liked the 3 laps for a change. Date of review: April 11, 2006
In short: excellent organisation, great fun. In full: An undulating course which makes it all the more challenging/interesting. Great Marshalling, especially liked the Goldwing club helping and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the fun run. Date of review: April 11, 2006