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
In short: Challenging 10k which could have been better organised. In full: Unlike some I really enjoyed the hill at the start! What I didn't like was the hardcore descent at the other end. My short legs couldn't take it!
Water was a problem. I got loads during the race (I was quite near the head of the pack so was lucky) but nothing afterwards. One of the organisers did however direct me to Denbies cafe who had plenty of iced water on hand.
Gutted I didn't get my certificate as promised! Date of review: May 2, 2005
In short: grat race - atmosphere is like a very friendly village fete. PB for me (41.12). Some genlt undualtions In full: What a great race. Great family day out, PB potential course, all abilities represented. Had a lovely sausage burger at the end. No markers on the road (although there was one at 1 mile) which didn't seem to bother me as I ran quicker than I ever had..... Date of review: May 1, 2005
In short: Lovely venue but organisation let the race down In full: Lovely weather and lovely scenery but organisation was poor. Disorganised start, not easy to get race numbers and would have benefited from separating fun runners from others. No water at the stations, which was very worrying given the heat. Marshalls had gone by the time we finished, no certificate or momento to collect.
Well intentioned - but needs a lot of improvements before I would consider it again. Date of review: May 1, 2005
In short: First time blues, fingers crossed for next year. In full: Tough course that could have started further back so as to not go straight into a good hill climb. The steep descent would have been genuinely dangerous if it had been wet under foot and there was no alternate route. The fun runners/walker should have been kept clear of the racers at the end of the first lap. The organisation has been correctly criticised elsewhere but it was still a glorious running day, challenging run and very friendly marshals. Date of review: May 1, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere at start and finish - the price of a 1pm start? In full: A brilliant crowd for start and finish, and some good support throughout - even for the slower runners like me. Found it hard work in the sun though, and would have liked energy drinks. Going against popular opinion I liked the Greenway - made a pleasant change of environment without cars. Date of review: May 1, 2005