In short: Fast and surprisingly flat, but certainly was a hot one! In full: Done this race five times in a row, and this was certainly the hottest (although Hull for the last 2 years was even hotter). Yes the scenery leaves something to be desired but I would commend the organisers on finding a flat route within Sheffield - no easy task. I'll put up with grim industrial views if that's the trade off. Atmosphere in stadium and Eccleshall Road makes this event special. Cups of water are a joke. Marathon of the North a few weeks ago used Iconiq water pouches - these are brilliant I think. Bit depressing to be overtaken by the two guys in the camel outfit (seeing as I managed 1:40 they were going some!). I'll be back next year ... Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Brilliant atmosphere In full: I agree with all the other comments re. Eccleshall road. They should bottle the support on that street it made such a difference, especially in the baking hot weather. The extra water stations were a godsend and I actually don't mind cups of water (sorry). However, I agree with all the comments re. the increased numbers. I ran the race in 2004 and it was far more enjoyable and relaxed at the beginning and end. I think the race organisers could have organised an outlet selling gels, energy drinks at the start. I forgot my jelly babies and really suffered towards the end. Having heard good reports about Leeds two weeks prior, I might give that one a go next year. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Hot day In full: The organisation was good and they added an extra drinks station and sponge stations along the way, however, the early stations were woefully understaffed/poor organised and caused lots of problems with people running into each other. The tables could have been spread out much further so density of runners would be lower or have had them on both sides of the road (as done further along the course when the runners had already spread out). Other than that, great race, much better without the underground carpark and subways, and stadium finish... seemed further this year for some reason. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Poor organisation in stadium, otherwise great. In full: There was no excuse for delaying the start in such hot conditions. Latecomers will still get their chip times, and weren't able to start near the front anyway (if they were that bothered, they'd have turned up on time). Some awkward barriers to movement in the stadium weren't appreciated with tired legs. At least one of the stewards in the stadium hadn't a clue about where the exit was (sent us the opposite way). Once we got going though, the race was excellent. Great support on Eccleshall Rd, and even the industrial parts were grimly attractive. Good provision of water. No hills to speak of (compared with the rest of Sheffield). Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: I keep coming back, but there is definitely room for inprovement In full: I like this run, the course is good and atmosphere is brilliant in parts. Ok, so Brightside is a bit dull but then again there are some rural races that are boring as bat droppings the WHOLE way round! However, after running the Leeds two weeks ago Sheffield has a lot to consider... Leeds was cheaper, with plenty of bottles of water on route, a goodie bag with a technical t-shirt, a chocolate bar and the option of water, juice or isotonic at the end. I don’t want to be in the position of saying Leeds is better than Sheffield!
I really pushed for my sub-2hrs this time, having had such a successful run a fortnight ago, only to miss it by seconds. Seconds probably taken up by stopping to queue for water, and then trying to throw it in the general vicinity of my face while running! Poor. I'd say I wasn't going to do it next year but obviously I will. These complaints come up year after year and the organisers don't seem to listen, not even as poor souls pass out at the side of the road - guess I need to start running with my own water. PS perhaps there wasn’t enough goodie bags as some of them didn’t contain medals. My other half had to go back to get another bag, and I overheard a lady (outside of the stadium) asking where folk had got their medals from…
In short: One of the city races where the route actually passes through the city In full: The heat was a contributary factor to the event as many runners were crowding onto footpaths to gain whatever shade was on offer. Several casualties were observed but were efficiently being dealt with by support staff. Parking excellent and well directed. Some of the red tape restrictions in the arena were pointless - toilets were adequate if one visited the far side of the stadium or the bar area( this was announced ) Water would have been better in bottles as the amount in cups varied considerably albeit stations were adequate. Fantastic support in the towny areas. The course is not flat but manageable by average and fun runners. Overall a well organised event well worth doing! Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Local support was fantastic In full: A PB race, which I'm sure always sways one's opinion slightly! The start in the stadium setting was great if a little chaotic. Would rather go without a tee shirt if it meant water bottles at the drinks stations. The local support was fantastic, a genuine boost during certain parts of the race. A massive thank you to anyone out there shouting support, playing music, cheering, you are all ace :) This could be one of the best northern half marathons with the level of support from the locals.
In short: Excellent support on Ecclesall Road again! In full: We didn't have any issues with parking. We arrived at 7.45am and went straight into the Arena car park as advertised with no queue at all. I really enjoyed starting and finishing in the stadium. Those last few metres along the track has a really buzz about it with everyone in the stadium cheering you on. I really appreciated the extra water stations that had been put on due to the heat, and the sponges were lovely, but agree that there was some crowding especially at the first one. As per previous years the highlight for this race for me is Ecclesall Road. The support on both sides of this road is incredible and really uplifting. Sheffield is traditionally an industrial city so I don't think the organisers can avoid running through some of them. I really enjoyed this race despite the heat. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: hot and too many runners spoilt a good race In full: Firstly the bad - yes i agree with everyone about the water although i felt there were enough stations (more than in a lot of other races) but use both sides of the road not just 1. Bottles would be good but i know from other events that when discarded these are a menace for other runners! Toilets as always in short supply. Why there weren't portaloos around the stadium perimeter is beyond me. And finally the bag at the end - 1 bottle of water, no tech t shirt and no snack to replenish. Not good enough!
Now for the good. After climbing in the lake district on Friday and running a fell race on Saturday i was expecting the run to be difficult but the course isn't too bad at all. I found the support to be good especially around the 5-8 mile points and at the stadium. The info pack sent out prior to the race was excellent and i had no problems with parking or access in or out of the stadium.
Overall a good event which i would do again although i feel a limit of 5000 runners is needed and attention to detail could be improved. Date of review: May 28, 2012