In short: Another Good Yorkshire Run In full: My third time at this event and yet again an improvement on the previous year. Could do with a few more tweaks to turn it from good into 'Great' though.
Moving the start to Arundel Gate was much better as the road is wider but more waves needed at the start as the first km is quite congested and I got held up by quite a few runners in the orange wave who perhaps shouldn't have been there.
The course is dull but that is what you have to expect in a large industrial city, especially if you are trying to avoid hills which is virtually impossible in Sheffield.
Not sure what can be done to liven up the route unless it moves back to Abbeydale Road as in 2007 which is more residential but also a bit more undulating. Fantastic support at the finish though which made that last hill much more bearable.
Good t-shirt and medal again but not sure about the teabags and breakfast cereal - would have preferred something else I could eat at the end. Date of review: September 8, 2009
In short: I got clattered and floored within 10 metres of the start by a big fat bloke who shouldn't have been there and was hassled in the bottle-neck - more fault of a poorly organised start than his ... so, I was less than impressed. In full: I got clattered and floored within 10 metres of the start by a big fat bloke who shouldn't have been there and was hassled in the bottle-neck - more the fault of a poorly organised start than his ... so, I was less than impressed with the organisation.
Given it's not a cheap event, they could do more to liven up the route, open up the course and give some thought to whether that grind at the end is really a good finish (how much nicer to pull up a hill earlier then sprint finish!).
As a local, I feel obliged to support the Great Yorkshire so it can develop but it needs work, even to compare to the'homely' appeal of events like the Barnsley 10k or Percy Pud - which give better value, scenery and their own challenges. Date of review: September 8, 2009
In short: The last km was tough! In full: My first repeat race. Love the Bupa events, great organisation and atmosphere. Got a good start so didn't have any bottle neck problems. Was hoping for sub 45, but just missed target with that last hill. PB by the skin of my teeth - 1 second, but 7 mins off my time last year. Think I preferred last year's course which was ran in reverse. Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: really is a great yorkshire run In full: great run did bottle neck at start but did not find the hill at the end difficult but with running in sheffield the course is flat.great atmosphere great medal great course. Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: A great choice for a first run In full: Nice flat first time run aaprt from the last 1k which is all hill and a bit of a killer. Not so many people taking part that you spend the whole time jostling but busy enough to not stick out as a 'race virgin'. All in all - excellent! Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: Well organised and friendly In full: Not the most scenic but well organised and great atmosphere at the start and finish with bands every few k and a huge screen at 5k which was a nice touch. Killer hill at the end though was a bit of a disappointment Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: A very well organised day In full: Good race but wonder why there had to be such narrow funnels immediately after the start of the race. Slowing down, lose rhythm etc. Can't really see why it was necessary with such wide streets Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: Tough finish but a good day out. In full: A fast, pretty flat course apart from the last 800M and I managed a PB. A bit cramped at the start which was a bit frustrating and PLEASE CAN WE HAVE MORE LOOS NEXT YEAR! Other than that it was a really good experience, the marshalls did an excellent job and the supporters were great. The big screen at the turn around point was a nice touch. Date of review: September 7, 2009