In short: Tough course but good atmosphere In full: Bottle neck at start was a real frustration, and together with too wide a time band (for orange starters) meant that there was alot of delay behind slower paced runners.
Very tough finish with lots of bends and a steep hill in the last half k. For me this wasn't a problem and actually added character, Sheffield is after all famous for its hills. Still managed a PB.
Atmosphere was excellent. Marshalls in particular were very vocal, good crowds and the steel bands every couple of kms lifted spirits. Well organised, with bottled water at the 5k station and nice to have 3,5 and 7km splits recorded for you. Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: Superb atmosphere, well organised, easy to get to. In full: My first experience of a Great Run event and definitely one of the best atmospheres ever experienced at a race. Live music all along the course meant I could leave my MP3 player behind. The Morris dancers definitely gave the event a quirkiness that you could only get in Britain. Sheffield is a nostalgic place for me and it was good to finally get to run 6 miles in the city with no traffic to worry about. Now looking at doing Manchester next year. Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: i never give top marks - but this race deserved it In full: great atmosphere - fantastic supportive crowds - great course- didnt even notice any banks i was enjoying myself that much . superb music along the route - amazing experience with the runners shown on the big screen . loved this race more than any i have ever done. great goody bag.excellent for beginners or seasoned runners just brilliant - even postman pat was there !!! Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: PB potential, too much bottle necking, In full: This is a fast course, only problems are too much bottle necking, more waves are required and a bad hill right on the finish line. Organisation not the best, not enough signs to tell u where ur going but that can only improve. Support and the bands on route were terrific and a superb medal and t-shirt, fast at the front and slow enough at the back for first timers and fun runners. Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: Oooo I knew the last 1k would be a killer and it was! In full: Organisation was amazing. Atmosphere buzzing - I've done a few big races this season but this blew the pants off most of them. Big screen at half way point was fun. Only one niggle - the start was way too narrow and I lost loads of time behind folk who had obviously been a little optimistic about their time - I was in white wave, some of white wave should have been in pink. Great day all said, wish I'd have known about the Continental Market on Fargate aswell - I would have spent the day there. Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: Great race In full: Tough hills in the last mile but not overly difficult considering it is Sheffield Several bottlenecks in the first mile meaning that you ended up running at a slower pace than you want to in the first mile Overall very well organised and will be running again next year Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: One of my faves! In full: Was a bit miffed about this race to begin with as I was place in the last(pink)wave due to predicted time when I entered in Jan.Running has come on leaps and bounds since then so really wanted a pb and thought this may hamper my chances.As it turned out it didnt-got pretty near to the front and managed to get clear of other runners pretty quickly which in turn helped me to get a pb!.Really enjoyed this race.My wife also got a pb!. Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: killer hill but woth the effort In full: not the most scenic of routes, but then town routes never are. nice turn out from the locals. not 1000's but enough to keep your head up and legs moving along. will be back next year. Date of review: September 6, 2009
In full: very well organised as all the great runs are , but course was pretty boring would liked it to have included the hillsborough football ground a bit more like they do with old trafford at the great manchester run . got a good time ,nice t shirt and medal Date of review: September 6, 2009