In short: Fast course, good support and a great stadium finish In full: 3rd time I've done this race - its special because of the stadium finish, love it. Route is a bit dull, but well supported in the City Centre and the turning point. Got a PB but the heat made it a grim experience. Only criticisms are low quality T-shirt and problems getting out of the ice rink car park afterwards, but minor gripes only. I'll be back! Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: hot, expensive, room for improvement for oraniziers In full: For this kind of money I would expect much more. This is bordering on a rip-off. With a little effort on the organizers side this could be a nice race. E.g. opening the changing rooms - without having to ask/beg. Getting their drinks dispensing organised (not learning it on the day - causing chaos). If you can't handle the crowds with cups, use bottles. For this kind of money this must be possible.
Understanding that people might want to leave the stadium after the event and don't like it to be fenced in...
As others have said, it was quite hot, so reconsidering the date might be beneficial for future events.
Crowd support was quite good at the half-way point but virtually non-existent elsewhere. Not surprising as part of the route is really dull.
Unlike two years ago (the ambulance was already hard at work less than a mile after the start...) there seem to have been fewer casualties this year. Well, at least I saw fewer.
Marshals en-route were good. However some of the security personnel in the stadium were "extremely unhelpful". While many of them were really nice and helpful, some behaved like they are running prison camps in their day job...
The next morning the local paper (Star) was advertised with posters reading "Half marathon picture special". Well, there was the half marathon mentioned somewhere and there was a picture special but that wasn't about the half marathon (it was football). Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: Well supported with a great finish In full: Always a great atmosphere and seemed well organised from my viewpoint. A difficult day due to the hot weather but we all expected that should have prepared accordingly. There did seem like more water stations /sponges etc than in previous years with energy drinks available at mile 10 as usual. Earlier start too helped. Loo capacity was a problem with many inside the stadium not flushing. Need to have a better t-shirt, maybe have a look at what was provided at Leeds a couple of weeks ago ! Date of review: May 30, 2012
In short: Badly organised race with wonderful support from the city. In full: Good: It was in Sheffield so local for me. The support of Ecclesall Road was brilliant. It totally made the race and would do it again just for that. Finishing in the Stadium was great too. Bad: Toilet facilities at the start (too many people after raising entry limit?) Chaotic water stations (cups) and no energy drinks - wouldn't mind if I hadn't paid £28 . It was also absurdly hot (not blaming the organisers for that but it made the lack of energy drinks worse. I saw many people in a bad way on the side of the road and I think for an expensive entry fee, you should look after your runners better. Date of review: May 30, 2012
In short: My home town so enjoyed the experience In full: Water stations were decidedly chaotic and on a hot day needed to be better. Fantastic crowd on Eccleshall Road and great volunteers Date of review: May 30, 2012
In short: Great Atmosphere In full: What a great race. Poor organisation at start with directions/ traffic/ getting people to start. But otherwise fantastic- lovely course, lots of drinks, closed roads, most of all- great crowds. Incredible support on Ecclesall Road- as good as anything in the London marathon. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In full: This was my second half and my first large city one, I live locally so it was ideal. I would agree with a lot of the comments about the water stations they were chaotic and I do think that the increase in numbers attributed to the general problems I think this needs addressing next year. My main gripe would be the finish, you just seem to go around the outskirts of the stadium for a extra couple of miles, the support on Ecclesall Road was fantastic surely we could go a bit further in that area then just go straight back to the stadium for the finish. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Friendly; good for beginners. In full: Good point: the loos on the far side of the stadium were finally open after many years. Not so good point: the water stations were mostly chaos. Unsurprising, perhaps, on a hot day, but as many have pointed out, the stations themselves need to be longer - and the cups,(cups are fine for me), need to be handed out not left on the table. HOWEVER!! MANY THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO VOLUNTEERED TO RUN THE WATER STATIONS AND ALL THOSE WHO HELPED MAKE THE EVENT WORK. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Local race so feel loyal to it In full: If the organisers read this please do take note and DO NOT make this event bigger. Usual problem of toilets , especialy for girls or lack of them and real bottle necks on the course and at drink stations. Water cups are fine but water stations a challenge. Stadium chaotic at start .Thank you to all the supportive volunteers though who ofeten get overlooked but make the event possible Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Hot In full: Hot all the way round. My home town so I love it but I did my worst time ever for this race -14 mins slower than last time but it was so hot. I will be back next year. Date of review: May 28, 2012