In short: Hilly, friendly, well organised In full: Lesson learned on this run - check the gradient before a run.
This is a hilly one. Most of the first 5.5 miles are relentlessly uphill. After that the final 7-8 miles are flat across moors and then back downhill.
The race is brilliantly organised - everything ran like clockwork. Great and well-placed water-stations with plenty of volunteers. The 'King of the Mountains' and 'Final 10km' races-within-a-race add some motivation to what could otherwise be an unforgiving race.
The support across the course is also great. The first and final 3 miles are incredibly well supported - some of the best crowds I've ever seen. And the whole course has crowds apart from the final mile of the hill and the jog across the moors from the top. The views at both of these stages make up for the thinner crowds.
Overall a tough race but definitely worth it. Date of review: April 11, 2016
In short: A good, well-supported first race. Organisation could be tightened up in parts. In full: (Half Marathon Review)
The first time this race has been organised and overall a good first event.
The course is a little hillier than described, and the long (slightly uphill) drag on the dual carriageway isn't that interesting. However, apart from this part, support across the course is great. Running through Hasland (mile 10 to 11) in particular was a great atmosphere - better than some much bigger city events I've run.
Organisation on the day overall was good - no queues and the shuttle back from the half finish to the main finish area was easy and quick. Great to get a 2l bottle of water at the end - and plenty of water on the route (although bottles with no tops are not the most practical for running).
Comms before and after the event wasn't as good as on the day and reflected this being the first event the charity had organised. The site being down and results not being up for 24 hours wasn't great - many runners want to know their time and position straight away and that most events issue times pretty quickly afterwards has led us to expect this.
Overall a good course with great support and I'm sure they'll learn and improve the organisation in parts for next year! Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: Good run - needed more water in the temperatures In full: A good event for a debut. Well organised at start and finish but better organisation needed on the route - mile markers were well off in places, water stations needed to be better organised (and more water was needed) Date of review: June 22, 2014
In short: Well organised and supported race but very busy after the finish In full: The race is always extremely well supported - a fair bit of it in the City Centre with crowds out to watch.
Overall it is well organised and the t-shirts in the bag were a nice addition this year. I've never left baggage at this race before and probably won't again - I could have done without the queue in the cold at the end. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: The scenery makes up for the hills In full: A hilly first 8.5 miles with the worst at about mile 3 and mile 6.5. After the top of that second one it's pretty much all downhill or flat running. The scenery is stunningly beautiful.
Impeccably organised with plenty of friendly marshals, water and a friendly announcer at the end welcoming every runner home by name. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Hot, hilly, friendly In full: This is a hilly run - the first 4.5 miles are pretty much relentlessly uphill. Of course the reward afterwards is a steady descent for the next 4 miles before a nasty final mile or so.
The organisation of this race is brilliant. Friendly, efficient marshals and good facilities at the start/ end.
Today's race was made somewhat more challenging by the very hot conditions, but you can't really plan for that. Date of review: July 7, 2013
In short: Well organised run round the tourist sites of London In full: First time running this race and it was a great experience. The organisation was perfect with marshals seemingly everywhere. The course is fantastic and a sunny day brought out the best in London. Great support all the way round.
I wasn't in quite the right pen and as such spent the first few kms dodging round other runners. There are some narrow points on the course which even meant I was brought to a standstill at times. Date of review: May 28, 2013
In short: A friendly, well-organised race In full: A really friendly race - good organisation at the start / finish and all along the course. Great support, especially in the city centre. Just a pity the Don Valley Stadium won't be around next year... Date of review: May 12, 2013