In short: 7/10 - could be better In full: A good race again, but it was let down by a couple of issues. First the positives though. The course was very flat, with the exception of a hill at the end, so for most people a PB is a distinct possibility. Organisation was very good, the timing mats excellent, and a decent goody bag too.
However, the first KM involved quite a few tight turns which meant there was considerable congestion. Although people went off in waves (they had to - as the course went over the tram tracks the trams were held whilst each wave went), it was still busy until it reached the dualled sections.
The main issue for me though was the lack of atmosphere along the new route, compared with last year. Unfortunately Penistone Road does not pass through residential areas and so you didn't get many spectators who have just popped out to watch for a bit. It was a shame, though the bit around Hillsborough and the football ground was better. Also, for a race of this type with many novices there was only one drinks station - it wouldn't have been hard to have had another around the 7km mark (in fact - another issue was the fact that bottles of water were given out, which were mostly chucked away 2/3 full - cups of water, or at least smaller bottles, would be better).
But this is sounding like a moan - it was a good race but unfortunately in seeking to find a course that can be used for future years a few backward steps have been taken. I just hope next year it isn't taken into the Don Valley - a city centre start is a must and it would be nice to see it go through the residential areas again. Date of review: September 11, 2008
In short: PB course with a hill to finish, leave something in the tank for the last km. In full: I would get rid of the waves if possible and try and get a better first 1km as it was too twisty and hard to pass slower runners. Good touch to run under Hillsbrough. Very good support at the start/finish and at half way and a decent goodybag. Price a bit steep for a 10k but they always are at a "big run" like this.
I will be there again next year. Date of review: September 11, 2008
In short: I was running to get a PB. I started off in the second wave and got frustrated by other runners who seemed to be running very slow or even started walking not long after the start. People should be realistic about the times they can acheive . Date of review: September 11, 2008
In short: Bit pricy. Too many waves In full: The price (profits) deters people from entering. Routes a bit dull, should include somewhere like Ecclesall Rd where there is more support and better scenery. I think there are too many waves with too much time between them. Are waves necessary? It feels as if there is more than one race going on – ending up with a series of small ones, rather than one big race. Do comments get passed onto the organisers?
However, still enjoyable and something to look forward to.
In short: Great day out! In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the day, the Sheffield crowd were very supportive as they always are. Managed to knock nearly 2 minutes off my pb, was my first time under 50 mins. Would have been quicker but for the horrible hill at the end. Date of review: September 10, 2008
In short: Home town run In full: Nice that Sheffield is part of the Great run series and the course is as flat as you can get in Sheffield. First down hill stretch a bit tight and had to really watch out for falling over runners feet.Very short on spectactors buT on positive side very good for PB and good to go under the great Hillsborough south stand and excellant finish. Very well organised and will support again being a proud yorkshireman. Date of review: September 9, 2008
In short: Local race so would do again. Better last year though. In full: I think I liked last year's route better, it felt better supported then also. Excellent organisation mind and never seen so many portaloos Date of review: September 8, 2008
In short: Doesn't really fulfil it's potential In full: I've done several of the Great Run series and this one just doesn't seem to have the same magic as the others. No disrespect to the elites that did participate, but there was a lack of big names this year. The people of Sheffield and Yorkshire really need to get behind this event if it's to reach the heights of what has been achieved in Manchester. I'll probably do it again because I'm a proud Yorkshireman and like the idea of a Great Yorkshire Run. Poor quality medal by Great Run standards but on a positive note I prefered the course to last year. Date of review: September 8, 2008
In short: Better than last year In full: I much preferred the course this year (except the final hill!). Loved running under Hillsborough's South stand and even though the view on the dual carriage way wasn't great I didn't think it mattered as I spent my time watching the faster people on their way back. True there weren't as many supporters as I would have expected but I thought there was a good atmosphere amongst the runners.
I would however be far more likely to do this race year after year if it cost under 20 pounds. Date of review: September 8, 2008