In short: a good winter race In full: Timing chips would be nice as those at the rear of the starters automatically had over a minute added to their real times . The finish line was a little obscure and robbed me of my finishing burst ( ha!ha! ) - I am still not sure where the exact finish was except I was marshalled into a corridor formed of metal barriers and awarded a rather nice medal. Perhaps another water station so a 5,10,15 split was achieved.
No serious complaints overall except that prizes were distributed prior to my finish. I realise that at my age I will never feature along with the elite but all seemed a bit rushed?
In short: a good winter race In full: A very crowded start and lines at the end to collect t-shirts.Excellent marshalls throughout. A very well organised event , just the job for this time of the year! Lovely running weather - more please next year. Date of review: December 17, 2012
In short: A shambles at the end In full: Why oh why do folk who are going to walk enter the 55 minute start pens. Within the first kilometre runners were dodging these folk causing chaos. On complaining on completion ( after 10 minutes waiting in the cold!) about the lack of t-shirts I was informed that this was due to some competitors taking two - this beggars belief!!!!! However the race was advertised as having 8000 competitors and according to the results 7379 completed , where did the rest go ???? Whilst some runners may? have taken more than their allocated number , the discrepancy leads to other conclusions? As a previous correspondent states , a medal would be more welcome or as well as. The finishing area definately requires a coat of looking at prior to next year.Many other large participant races have got this aspect cracked. Date of review: November 19, 2012
In short: Not a race for a PB but excellent for a training run In full: As usual excellent organisation Tougher than a normal half marathon due to the constraints and conditions as previously stated by reviewers The mud did not help but it twas the same for everyone Runners two abreast early on with no regard to those wishing to pass were a nuisance. Perhaps in future a recommendation to run "indian file " would not go amiss. This event is well worth a visit! Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: The delay in starting took the gloss of the event In full: This event was unusual in that it was run in the dark and was associated with a funfair and firework display. Unfortunately for reasons unknown the start of the race was delayed for approximately 60 minutes which was not pleasant in the cold night air.Surely if folk wish to attend these evening events they should allow plenty of time to make the journey and register etc. The route was on a path around York race track and was congested - however this is not a gripe as it was a fun event and everyone ( when started ) appeared to enjoy the experience. Further delays occurred at the finish with runners having to wait 20 minutes to collect their medals and chocky. The above apart , the event was enjoyable and the medal and technical t-shirt were above average and well worth collecting. I am sure that if this event is run again next year the problems addressed above will be sorted by the organisers Date of review: November 6, 2012
In short: An excellent effort for the first time In full: The start was delayed due to works on the M60? However if folk had followed the organiser's advice and arrived early the problem of the late start would not have occurred.It was cold hanging around at the start. The course was not flat but mildly undulating and all the better for that. Cars on the country lanes were a bit of a problem but were negotiated successfully. A good medal and an excellent understated technical t-shirt ! This is an event which I will be returning to. Date of review: November 5, 2012
In short: Well worth the effort of travelling down from Yorkshire In full: The medal and goodie bag collection was chaos until someone thought of taking them into the crowd. For most of the time it was akin to running in a football crowd which precluded any PB. Frustration was due to thoughtless runners dodging in and out ( which caused one or two tumbles ) and slower runners (walkers) being two or three abreast ! Spectator intrusion was also a problem in places. I never saw any pacers and the promised music was sparse ? I would suggest that in future the pens are more stringently enforced and instead of a blanket 2hour pen this is broken down into 2.15, 2.30 etc ( see the results ) On the plus side apart from the industrial estate the atmosphere was good and for a big city event well organised. Despite what other participants have reported , by following the organisers recommendations for parking facilities I found leaving the city comparatively easy. This event is well worth entering. Date of review: October 15, 2012
In short: Well worth the effort In full: Many twists and turns but all the better for it if a PB was not being attempted. The first 1K was iffy as the course was along the main road pavement and the number of entrants forced runners onto the road. On completion some of the later finishes were offered towels ( of good quality ) instead of the advertised t-shirt.Whilst admirable, not all runners are happy with this type of award.Can we stick to the advertised in future please. However a well organised event which I shall definately be entering again. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: A typical coastal running event In full: However ----------- Has the thin end of the wedge been exposed? Medals were presented to the first 100 finishers only resulting in many disappointments - come on we all enjoy a medal don't we? Is this elitism ( or even ageism )? Noted on this event were fun runners,charity runners and wrinklies. Why was it thought necessary to award medals to fit, regular and club runners only. I have no personal gripe with the fact that a limited number of medals were awarded as this was advertised prior to the event.I do however passionately feel that all participants should be treated the same despite ability and age. On a positive side I have enjoyed the several Legacy events which I have attended this year and have only praise for the ones which they organise. Could we do better in the future please ? Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: A good event for a first timer In full: The idea of wave starts was good except quite a few participants had ideas above their abilities. The first half mile, with the chance of a quick downhill getaway, was hindered by the narrowness of the course and walkers. The 'there and back course' was OK for speed but boring.Not much support on the Hillsborough end. The last mile was hardish due to the two inclines which certainly stopped a few of the runners in their tracks - but after all this is Sheffield - what was to be expected? Did anyone see or hear the band playing? I would however recommend the event for any first time runner as the camaraderie was good and there were many runners in the same boat resulting in not feeling left out or overpowered by club runners Date of review: September 3, 2012