In short: A bit dull in parts, but excellent support around the turn. Mainly flat. In full: Starts (and finishes) at the Don Valley stadium, which is always nice - makes you feel like a 'proper' athlete, and good for spectators. Well organised generally. The exit is a little crammed, but nothing excessive, and once out of the stadium, there is a slight downhill, and then into a flat run into the town centre. Unfortunately, this a little dull - through industrial East Sheffield, and a little lacking in support there. Once into the town centre proper, the support picked up, and once past the Sheffield United ground, the crowds were linig the streets, particularly on Eccleshall Road around the turn. Once round and heading back, decent support back into the town centre, but the last 3 and a half miles or so are back to the more industrial part, and support was more patchy (though really appreciated when we got it). The finish is a little hard - you can see the stadium quite a long way before you get there, and you have to run past and round the back before you get in it. Then it is along the top of the far terracing, back out briefly and back in for the finishing straight. Sorted! Other aspects: water stations - cups are really not that helpful, but the water sponge station was good. Goody bag - hmmmm: T-shirt fairly bog standard, a cereal bar, a charity badge (?), and an offer for a gym. Not really up to standard. Marshalling was very good, and very supportive. I'll do it again, though! Date of review: May 11, 2011
In short: Nice because it's my local race but it's not a pb course and the water stations are bad!!! In full: My first time and I enjoyed the race despite conditions being quite challenging, it being warm with some real gusty winds. The start in the stadium is novel but narrow and i had to stop & check myself a few times before we got out onto the open roads. The support on route was generally good especially the city section, which is essentially the middle third of the race. The goody bag was really poor, worst i've had in recent runs. The course was more up & down than I expected but I can live with that, but I found the 3 subway excursions a bit much and a real rhythm breaker. How about closing a few more roads? It is only for a morning once a year. Being channelled down underpasses doesn't grant the runners and the event the respect and prestige it deserves and should aspire too. My biggest gripe is the drink stations. A 5000 runner big city event and we get water in plastic canteen cups!!! How are we meant to drink them??? I spilt half of mine over the poor volunteers that was trying to hand it to me and ended up coughing and spluttering trying to drink the rest. Every other event I've run I got bottles of water at drink stations and that's been perfect. Surely an event this big & popular can find a sponsor who can provide something better than that. At the last 2 stations I gave up trying to drink anything & just threw the water over my head. Come on Sheffield £26 entry?? Get it sorted for next year otherwise I fear the event might start to go on the decline. Yes it's popular but don't be complacent, the start and especially the drinks provision needs to be reviewed and improved.
In short: As usual really good experience In full: The race was well organised as usual. The people were friendly, atmosphere was great and I did my best ever time. I disagreed with the timing chip though, and I trust my Garmin so I'm believing that, especially as it said I was quicker than the chip said! Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: it's too hilly to produce many pb's but as a genuine race it's a great one. the support on eccleshall rd is fantastic and thats the most clapping i've heard on bramall lane all year! Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: Good route & volunteers, shame about the missing lucozade station and goody bag! In full: First time I've done this race (despite being a sheffield resident) and I enjoyed it. The atmosphere was good and the volunteers did a great job (except maybe being caught on the hop at the first station!!). The baggage area was well organised and finishing in DVS made for a nice ending. However I felt the event could have been better by: if a sports drink station is advertised they should do it. I was banking on this and ended up semi-hitting the wall. Also the goody bag was poor given the cost of the event and the fact it was a city centre HM (see the organisers of the Norwich HM - that was fantastic!). Also given the heat it would have been nice if the drinks at the end were obvious. I was disorientated and thirsty and couldn't see any water so then had to battle my way back to the baggage area through the crowds to get a drink from my bag. Will do it again but will take no chances and come better prepared next time!!! Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: A fine day out In full: This race was just that, a fine day out. I enjoyed the run, the support was excellent on Eccy Road (both last year and this year I arrived when Atomic by Blondie was blasting out) and the DVS is a great place to cross the finishing line. However, it is not a great place to start the race if the toilets on the trackside are locked and as a complex it really is quite complex! I walked from one end to the other trying to find the changing rooms to be told go out on the track and come in between blocks 1 and 2 then go down a corridor etc etc. Signs for competitors would not go amiss and I really would have liked an energy drink at the end like last year. Plus, it can't be more expensive to have a technical t-shirt which is far more useful. Date of review: May 9, 2011