In short: Nice scenic course. Plenty of undulations, but taxing rather than mountainous. Lovely venue, but spoiled by a dreadful finish. In full: Stanford Hall and the surrounding villages are a lovely part of the world, and the half marathon showed them off well. There are plenty of hills, but all of them are still runnable. Excellent goodies at the end. But the big down side was the finish. Having a stretch where you double back on yourself and a finishing "straight" that was actually a hairpin bend! Not very inspiring, and not great if people were battling it out for position. Can't believe that with all the space in Stanford Hall there wasn't a way of making a better finish. Date of review: March 24, 2014
In short: Really enjoyable morning jaunt round Stockport In full: With large portions through housing estates, it shouldn't be a particularly memorable race. But it was! One or two areas of improvement...number collection was a bit disorganised, and website directions from the M60 could have been clearer (like included the junction number) But those are minor gripes in a thoroughly enjoyable race. The atmosphere is excellent, the marshalls were amongst the best I have ever encountered - helped by the name on the fronts admittedly. Great t-shirt, which unusually for the "fuller-figured" me is actually big enough to wear! Well worth the trip up from Leicester,!
Thanks and well done to all involved with the organisation. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Undulating route, but excellent organisation In full: Came back after enjoying it last year, and glad I did. Perfect conditions, a scenic route that is tough but far from punishing. Organisation was great...I always worry about queues when picking up numbers etc on the day, but it was seamless. Well done to all the organisation team. Date of review: November 1, 2010
In short: An excellent event, as it seems to be every year. In full: I've always liked the Robin Hood, enough people to have a good atmosphere about it, not so many that it becomes chaotic before, during and after. I like the new course, nice stretches through the University and Wollaton Park, and good crowds...helped no doubt by it being a nice day for spectating. Like other earlier comments, I found mile 2 slightly long. I didn't think I was weaving unduly, though there were a couple of points where I chose not to cut a corner...perhaps this actually was the measured line! But not going to moan over .1 miles.
Well done and thanks to all the organisers and marshalls. Date of review: September 14, 2010
In short: Excellent organisation In full: As many have said the course is not hilly, but it is difficult to get in to a rhythm because of all the turns and underpasses. Marshalls were fantastic, both doing their job and encouraging the runners. A fact that was obviously appreciated by the runners because I have never done a race where so many were thanking the marshalls for their help. Organisation at the start/finish was spot on. At the other MK Half earlier in the year I waited 90 minutes for my bag, this time I didn't wait 30 seconds. Having done both Halves in MK this year, this is the one that I will go back and do again.
In short: Excellent organisation and thanks to the people of Sheffield for the atmosphere. In full: I didn't have a great race myself, but despite that really enjoyed the event, and the atmosphere on Ecclesall Road and in the stadium was fantastic. The heat was what did for me, but I guess that is also what brought out the spectators, so I can't have it all ways.
Powerade would have been better at the 7 mile drink station than 10, and the drink station at 4.5 mile were filling the cups as runners got there, causing a bit of a bottleneck, but these are minor gripes.
A word of warning though, the route is described as fairly flat. But what they really mine is "flat by Sheffield standards" which is decidedly different.
Goody bag was excellent as well, making good value for the entry fee (Nottingham take note) and finishing in the stadium caps it all.
Congratulations to the organisers, a great event!! Date of review: April 26, 2010
In short: Need to learn from the mistakes for next year In full: I will try not to be too critical here, because I actually enjoyed the event, but there are a number of issues that need raising and addressing for next year.
1. The start. Have bigger time gaps between the races and predicted time pens, no one had a clue where to stand.
2. The first couple of miles. Narrowed down very quickly, before the pack had thinned out meaning it was pretty congested.
3. Posts. There were a lot of posts on the footpaths, some marshalls warned of them, as did some runners, but I saw one male runner who will now be talking in a higher voice!
4. Entry Fee / Goody Bag. It was pretty steep for what you got. Food and drink in a bag at the end can usually be provided by sponsors (there are supermarkets galore nearby who must be worth approaching)
5. Baggage. Oh Dear! 80 minutes to collect my bag, all the time seizing up! Considering the chaos, the queue was pretty good natured. They won't be if it happens again.
I hope the organisers read the feedback on this site, because a lot of the same themes are cropping up, most of which are fairly easily remedied! Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Well organised, scenic and mildly challenging! In full: Excellent support at the start and finish in the town centre, with glorious Autumn scenery in between. A very well organised race...in particular the collection of numbers before the start, about which I had my doubts, was seamless. Thanks to all those that helped out. Yes it is a bit hilly, but hardly mountainous, and the wind added extra difficulty, but I can't blame the organisers for that. An excellent race that I would have no hesitation recommending to others, and that I will look to do again next year. Date of review: October 26, 2009