In short: It's my home town event, so I feel obliged to take part.... In full: ...fab to start and finish in the stadium that Jess Ennis trained in. Crying shame the council are going to demolish it, allegedly to save money. Marshals and supporters were great. Tannoy system was crap: couldn't hear a thing. T-shirts are cheap and nasty - pure nylon - not technical; would have preferred a cotton one. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: First time running Sheffield loved it :) In full: Loved this race good PB potential if you get off to a good start the crowds were the best I've seen defo doing this again next year Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Great event, Fantastic Support and a Fantastic Stadium Finish In full: As a first timer at Sheffield, I am very surprised at the amount of negative feedback. Admittedly some of the route around the town isn't the most aesthetically inspiring but the support was fantastic and the stadium finish unbeatable...... which poses some challenges for future event. Good luck in finding a new route! Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Good run, could be better? In full: Leeds next year for me, perhaps after a break from Sheffield I'll get past its shortcomings and appreciate the fabulous support and the city centre sections which are just amazing to run through. Unfortunately at the moment the shortcomings slightly outweigh the positives. Toilets bad (again), Drinks stations clumsy and difficult (again), missing medal from goodie bag (again!)... What is the point of feedback when the organisers never take it on-board? My other half did Manchester marathon in 2012 and it got negative feedback from a lot of runners. In 2013 it was apparently 10 times better addressing those same issues raised by the runners. Sheffield has the potential to be brilliant but the organisers just trot the same every year knowing we'll pay up and turn up. And we do! I’d like to see what happens with the new venue, who knows maybe I’ll be back sooner than I think (cough cough choose two different dates Leeds and Sheffield hmmmm?)
In short: Better than last time I did it. In full: As a resident of the Steel City, I`ve not been the greatest supporter of this race but today was a really good event. Lots of moans about toilets but there are plenty of toilets in the stadium but there was a lack of signage (it was clear in pre-race info though) so runners were queueing for the ones nearest to the reception, delaying the race start. A great shame that the stadium will no longer be the race base. Crowd support was the best I`ve witnessed and Eccy Road is inspiring. Lots of water stations but none with sports drinks but who really cares. Goody bag was better than I`d got previously for this race with tech t-shirt, good medal and I like the wristband plus a healthy snack and sweets. Next year will be a big challenge for the race and Hillsborough is the obvious candidate.
In short: Ecclesall Road makes this race In full: The Pros: Plenty of free parking; a good medal and technical t-shirt (and sweatband!); brilliant support along Ecclesall Road The Cons: Late start; the toilet situation at Don Valley Date of review: May 12, 2013