In short: Enjoyable race with a novel start/finish location, great crowds at the halfway point and a good route through the city centre. In full: I enjoyed this run, with the highlights being the finish in the stadium, the massed crowds between mile 6 and 8, a nice route through the city centre and the kids handing out jelly beans and wanting to high-5 every runner.
A couple of minor downsides. The exit from the stadium is too narrow, as are some of the underpasses and pavement sections, which slows things down a bit. I also thought the first water stations were struggling, probably due to higher numbers of athletes taking an early drink on a hot day. Still grateful that they took the the time to volunteer their time to help make the day a success.
A nice T-shirt, kit bag and medal plus the significant on street marshalling and barriering justified the entry fee.
All in all I'm glad I opted for this over Leeds. Date of review: May 9, 2011
In full: I love the Sheffield Half Marathon - this is my third year running. The route is brilliant, and the spectators in the stadium and on Eccleshall Road are wonderful. Two small gripes, sorry sorry. Toilets at the begining AGAIN, and the water stations. My partner missed his goal time by about 30 seconds and if the water stations weren't such a shambles I think he could well have got this. For such a good race to be let down by basics like this is a shame. And was that really an official photographers crouched by the 'water' stations?! Those shots are going to be just lovely! If Sheffield decide go head-to-head again with the Leeds half next year, I'll be heading over there. Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: must do better In full: this is my 5th time at this race and over the years things seem to have gone down hill the goody bag if thats what they had the cheek to call it was very poor no energy drink at the finish and still they serve water in cups come on sheffield we can do better then this other races nottingham for one put us to shame even some of the smaller races do better ,this is one of my favourite races but im starting to fall out with it very fast Date of review: May 8, 2011
In short: Excellent race and well organised...let down by lack of toilet facilities In full: I can not believe that an 'international venue' like Don Valley can not provide better toilet facilities for so many people.it does matter and lack of such facilities creates unecessary stress. it's ok for blokes who feel able just to go against a bush or wall but not us girls!! Date of review: May 8, 2011
In short: Am I the only one who missed the (non-water) drinks station??? Very disappointing, as was the goodie bag at the end. I think mine had a 'hole' in it! Thanks to all the volunteer helpers and supporters though who make it all so worth while. Date of review: May 8, 2011
In full: A special race, done it 5 times, well organised, good support. Water in cups not the best !! music on Eccy Rd good but it would be good to have this in other places. Entries sold out quickly this year so the interest is there but please give it some more thought to make the event more special ! Date of review: May 8, 2011