In short: Not bad In full: My first marathon and only two gripes: No chip timing (but results available already so well done) The road was fully open on the second lap and at time the cars were a bit too close.
Good atmosphere though and excellent water stations - bottle water a big bonus.
Dull route but not too tough.
Can think of better autumn marathons to do but needed to run this one to qualify for the London Marathon Date of review: September 2, 2007
In short: Tough route with nothing to look at In full: In comparison to the other city half I've done (Liverpool), this was very tough. The hills made it challenging but away from the hills it was a pretty dull route which made it hard to keep going. From 8 miles I felt tired but there was nothing but endless industrial estates.
Having said that, great support up Ecclesall Road & in the stadium at the end. Thanks to the fellow runner who swapped words of encouragement with me to try and get under 1:25, although we just missed out.
Don't think I'll do this next year, but won't rule out a return in future years Date of review: May 20, 2007
In short: Pleased despite the wind In full: Living in Derby, I've been looking forward to this for ages and was not disappointed. Thought the atmosphere was excellent - lots of the public watching & clapping and finishing in the stadium was brilliant.
Only disappointment was the water at 5k - it was in cups, making it very difficult to actually take on any fluids. Bottles next year please. Date of review: April 29, 2007
In short: Fantastic Spectator Course In full: Quick note on the organisation, despite the problems with buses & delayed start, the road closure were excellent and the route was incredibly well marshalled.
As the one-liner says, brilliant specator course thanks to the figure of eight type route. Was great to see my partner so many times whilst running.
A very enjoyable race, help thanks to just scraping inside 1hr 30mins.
£17 doesn't get you alot, but I'm guessing it goes towards all those stewards & road closures. No upset there was no t-shirt - I don't like 'em anyway. Nice medal though
Well done to all finishers, see you next year! Date of review: March 25, 2007
In short: Well marshalled In full: Although I've given organisation a 5, I was a bit disappointed when lining up at the expect finish time 40 minute marker to hear people saying it was 50 mins! Not really the organisers fault and the rest was excellent. Good road closures and more marshalls than I've seen at the other races I've done.
Undulating course with a tiring rise towards the finish, not slow though.
Not alot to look at, apart from a small section at the turning point.
Will be back next year Date of review: February 18, 2007
In short: Wind was tough, but couldn't be helped. In full: Enjoyed this race, my first 10k. Managed 41:40 but am sure I could have gone sub-40 if it wasn't for the wind.
Good flat out and back course, although the finish was on grass and was very muddy because of the rain.
Bit disappointed with the atmosphere - no support for unattached runners. Heard people shouting for club runners, but no words of encouragement for others that I've experienced elsewhere. Date of review: January 1, 2007