In short: Good for the first year but changes need to be made to the course especcially if they are hoping to attract more runners next year. In full: The event was organised very well and it was nice to start and finish in Sheffield City Centre but I have got a few moans i'm afraid. Firstly I feel that the zone idea for the start is a very good idea but I wish that people would be more realistic and go in the zones that suit their ability as there were a lot of runners in the first zone that were clearly not sub 45 minute runners. This meant that people like myself who were in the zone behind had to get past all these people before I had any clear road so my chances of a PB were gone straight away. If this hadn't been the case the course would have been perfect for a PB. Secondly I feel that the course could have been better and perhaps gone up Eccelsall Road and incorporated more of the City Centre like the Sheffield half does. And Finally the race was very expensive surely you shouldn't pay anymore than £15 for a 10k. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: Fantastic first Great Yorkshire Run In full: The Great Manchester Run earlier this year was my first ever 10k and I was so pleased to get around that I've been running 10ks regularly since then. I ran the Sheffield race 7 minutes quicker than I ran Manchester so the Great Runs have been tremendous motivators for me.
I really enjoyed this race - the organisation was smooth, the hills aren't too challenging (although I did find the final 400m a bit of a slog) and the atmosphere was great. I thought the support from spectators was really good - this was the first Great Yorkshire Run so it was a good turnout. The route is a bit dull but probably the flattest they could manage in Sheffield - and the 'out and back' nature of it means you can watch the elite runners whizzing past on the other side (unless you are an elite runner, in which case you can ignore slowies like me on the way out as you speed towards victory).
The wave starts worked well and even though the actual start line may be a bit slow, there is something about running with 5,000 other people that is just a lot more stimulating and a lot more fun than running 10k in your local park on a Sunday morning. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: Extremely well organised undulating course but a little dull. In full: The atmosphere was good with the use of a couple of bands and the big screen but could have done with quite a few more spectators. Course was reasonably fast and undulating with an incline to finish. The event was really well organised if they could get the crowds to turn up it could be very good. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: good race In full: i dont agree with some of the others that said there was good suport but the organisation was brill the start system was like clock work and the big screen half way round was great and a goody bag werth running for made this a great day along with the marshels at the start and on the course my ony gripe is they could have picked a beter route but thats my only gripe on a great race Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: very good fledgling run, will do again! In full: i thtought this was a very good race, the biggest 10km i have taken part in although done great north run a couple of times. getting there was great real easy great toilets which makes a change! not much suport if honest which was a downer for me but about the only one, i think despite been up n down (tho not steep) it would generally be a fast route. i think i will be doing this again, and has inspired me to get into training again since this year has been basically non-existant thus resulting in a slow time personaly..will do again next year Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: Good 10K well organised , run very well, a few hills to keep you on your toes b In full: This was my first "great series" 10K. I usually do half marathons. Used it as great prep for my next half, the great north run. Well organised, good course with hills out and a good down hill from 5 K back. Last 1000 M a bit up hill. Really enjoyed this run. Weather conditions were great and really well organised. Toilet facilities good and plentifull. Wave release of runners very well planned. Did not feel like 5000 runners were running it. Would consider running again. Good atmosphere on course and great to have bands on course playing.5k turn was also good with a welcoming crowd, big screen to see yoursef on and local radio urging you on. Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: Well organised race, the wave system seemed to work well. Not too challenging, even got a PB. In full: Could probably have found a nicer place in Yorkshire for a great Yorkshire run! Very well organised and lots of support along the route Quite expensive to enter but the atmosphere made it worth with a good 'goody bag' Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: Great organisation, mildly hilly course, fun atmosphere In full: This was my first Great Run event and I was very impressed with the organisation. The wave starting ensured I could run right from the start line without any real bunching around the course.
The course itself had some reasonably testing hills in it which meant it probably wasn't the best event to achieve a pb. It was also a little lacking in support along the abbeydale road section, although I was quite impressed with seeing myself on the huge screen at the halfway point!
I felt the crowd support could have been improved by directing the course along ecclesall road instead of abbeydale. The sheff half takes the ecclesall route and always gets huge support along there.
Overall though I was very impressed with the event, and will certainly be coming back next year. Date of review: September 9, 2007