In short: Don`t believe the RW adline!!! In full: "Fast and furious 1,000-strong city sprint, boasting rowdy spectator support and a stadium finish" is a bit rich!
It`s not as flat as you could be led to believe and, although it`s near the centre, it`s hardly a city centre event. Not sure where the `rowdy specatator support` was although there was a nice atmosphere near the finishing funnel but there was certainly not a stadium finish! (It ends in a park!)
That said, I enjoyed it because I got a PB and it is quite a quick course made more tricky by the headwind on Sunday. There were less than 10 portaloos for well over 1000 runners which is very poor and the t-shirt was pretty naff to be honest and didn`t have a date or the event name on it. Parking was also tricky. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: A testing but well-supported 2 laps around Dronfield In full: Decided to do this race again despite not feeling too good. The second lap is certainly tough as the hills aren`t really that steep but they certainly drag on. I love the atmosphere as the whole village seems to be out supporting and there are lots of folk who clearly do this event as their only race of the year. This time the medal was better quality and the whole event ran like clockwork. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: A very respectable debut for this event! In full: This rearranged run was very well organised. All signs and mile markers were very clear and there were plenty of marshalls offering smiles and kind words on a very cold morning in Catforth. Not much to look at really but this is a course with definite PB potential. The only inclines were a couple of bridges across the M55 and a canal bridge right near the end. The field seemed to be very mixed with a friendly atmosphere but the rural nature of the run meant no spectators. The medal and bits and pieces at the end were good and the village hall was a nice base. I certainly hope that this event happens again next year. My only small quibble would be that any postponement needs to be better advertised; with much a small field surely emails or text messages or calls could be made. Date of review: February 8, 2010
In short: Wow! What an amazing castle courtyrad finish to this super-friendly race In full: The only niggle was at the off-set. I didn`t get my number in the post because I`d not put enough postage on the envelope apparently but there seemed to be hundreds of people in the same boat, needing to collect on the day. After that it went like a dream.
The course was mostly flat with a longish hill late in the race but, all the way, the marshalls were magnifently encouraging. The finish was awesome and the t-shirt seems to be really good quality. I ran the race with my wife and she loved it too. A lovely morning race blessed appropriately with really nice weather. Date of review: December 13, 2009
In short: Nice pre-Xmas run around a scenic and flattish part of Sheffield In full: As other reviewers have mentioned, there were problems and some confusion surrounding the start. I`d heard that it was a delayed start at 10am so I was not really ready when the claxon went at 9.50am but, considering the incredibly heavy pre-race rain, the event went well. I also agree about being funneled into a muddy field at the end to get the pud which seemed daft.
However, the course is a really nice out and back run in a popular running area with some undulations but it is as flat as you can get in this part of the world. There was a nice atmosphere and a real mix between some very good club athletes and others who probably only run one race each year. I now know why this event sells out very quickly every year! Date of review: December 7, 2009
In short: Speedy 2-lapper around Preston villages In full: Enjoyed this. Very flat with only a couple of gentle inclines so a real PB course although it can be a little tricky to overtake on the pavement by the dual carriageway.
The runners seemed to be of a very good standard overall and there were some tremendous times recorded. The marshalls had their work cut out but they did well and were cheerful and supportive generally.
The memento was a mug which is nice enough but it was a shame that it didn`t say the name of the race on it.
A really good race for runners chasing a time as the end of the year approaches. Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: A lovely course with plenty to keep your interest. In full: I`d say they were more inclines than hills so they shouldn`t really slow you up too much. The section in Clumber Park is particularly nice and , before you know it, you`re back in Town for a well-suppported finish. An excellent Autumn race and we got lucky with the weather! Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: I think this race is a bit over-rated! In full: 2009 race.
Been looking forward to doing this for ages and it was a nice run. The start was tough with very little space on the narrow lane where we were stood in blazing sunshine as the race was delayed for a good 10 minutes which wasn`t fun. A 1pm start and still delayed?! Disappointing. I got bumped and banged over the first stretch and someone trod on the heel of my shoe and then he fell over heavily. First mile is all uphill to the dam and the first half was nicely shaded under the trees.
On the way back there was little cover and the afternoon sun was surprisingly strong which seemed to cause a few casualties. Ambulances and other runners were keen to help though.
The goody bag was a real disappointment. A big plastic asics carrier bag with a cereal bar, an asics pen and an asics leaflet! We did get a medal though but it still seems stingey for the cost of the race. Allegedly, early runners got squash and jelly babies - ? T-shirts were available but I think they were £9.
I enjoyed my run, got a pleasing time but it didn`t quite measure up to the amazing reviews I`d read before entering.
In short: Nice Sunday run along the sea-front In full: The first time that I`d done this and there seemed to be a supposition that most people were local / had done it before and knew how everything would operate.
The instructions received in the post were basic and rather jumbled and the race `hq` was the best part of a mile from the start. The start involved a daft couple of laps of a little car-park with the air sand-filled. The course was quite well marshalled but there were no spectators as such and runners all disappeared as soon as they finished. The goody bag included some choclates with Santa on them (honestly), shower gel and a tini deodorant. Thankfully, any run on a sea-front has obvious plus points (even in such poor weather) and I would maybe consider doing it again now that I have the knowledge! Date of review: August 17, 2009
In short: Anew race (I believe) that I hope stays on the calendar. In full: A really tough course with a mix of grass, tracks and paths. The downhill woodland section was speedy but then the climb seemed to wind back towards the start for an age! A friendly race in a lovely south Sheffield park. Date of review: July 12, 2009