In short: Mud, mud, glorious mud..... In full: Despite running a personal worst for a half, I was pleased to have got around. Tough course and conditions, but nice food at the fiish! Date of review: February 9, 2014
In short: Expensive! In full: The race was pleasant enough, but I struggled to see where the high entry fee went. Medal was awful, "half" a banana at the finish and very few toilets. Race ran smoothly though (after the false start :)) Date of review: December 15, 2013
In short: Good stuff! In full: Very good race at a great venue. Only have 1 issue - the end always seems to lack atmosphere and seems a bit of an anti climax. The rest is perfect though, can't fault it. Date of review: June 3, 2013
In short: Victim of it's own success? In full: I've ran this race 7 times, inc this one. The 1st 5 were brilliant, but since they increased the entrance levels last year, for me it's ruined it. The Stadium RIP, can't cope with that many people at the start and the 1st mile was a pain. Having said that though, the atmosphere was amazing (as it always is) and the course is brilliant. Interesting to see what happens next year, but in a competitive month for half marathons, I may look elsewhere. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Good race, but has issues In full: The good: Flat, fast, good atmosphere
The bad: Pens need sorting out. Having worked very hard of late to get a sub 40 time recently, I was disappointed to see the "Sub 40" section containing people dressed as Wallace and Gromit, several people in banana suits and many people who started walking after 400m.
The Ugly: I'm well aware if you want a fast time, it's often better to avoid mass participation events like this, but last year I thought things were smoother.
Still enjoyed it though!! Date of review: May 5, 2013
In short: Ouch! In full: A tough course made all the more terrible by the conditions - the organisers must provide Sunshine next year!!!! Really enjoyed though and a great stadium finish and goodie bag. Well done to the people in charge. Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: Too many participants......? In full: I was worried about the "unlimited" entry limit this year, as the previous 5k limit to me already stretched the facilities to the limit. Great course as always and plenty of support - I just don't think the Don Valley Stadium and surrounding road / tram network can handle that many people attending. Nice medal! Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: Loved it! In full: OK, perhaps not the most high profile race on the planet, but I love this event and i'm glad it's back. Perfect conditions, nice flat course by the sea side. Only did the half, so not sure what it was like on the 2nd lap. Date of review: March 13, 2012