In short: Tough first half, negative split second! In full: The first 4 miles were very tough and I had to walk most of the hills. I was glad that I saved a bit of energy, because from 5 miles onwards it was flat-ish with some nice downhills too.
Not too warm, sufficient drinks stations, loads of friendly marshals and St Johns ambulance all made it a solid, well-organised race.
Best bits were finishing and then handing my shocked and delighted husband the bottle of ale memento - a really special prize.
Thanks North Derbys. Date of review: August 29, 2011
In short: Great value & supporters; dull, hilly course with great marshals and local support in shocking sun! In full: We all knew that it was going to be hot, but I did realise just how bad it was going to be. I am very burned! I never normally stop at water stations before 6 miles, but there was no choice! The hills would be fine on a rainy autumn day, but I had to walk some of them so got a disappointing time. I did Mansfield half 2 years ago but the course is different - and harder! - despite this it was a course PB for me, even if not for the distance.
There were plenty of marshals and they were very friendly and helpful. Also thank you to the local residents who offered to hose us down or came to the rescue with jelly babies - they were very welcome!
The entry fee is the cheapest half I know of, which is convenient as this is one of the nearest to me too. Although the t-shirt is very good quality, it was great to have the option not to buy it, because I have so many from races that I just give away. I echo someone else's suggestion of a medal - I don't mind paying a bit more for it. I was a bit envious when I saw the fun-runners had one!
I'll probably be back again next year, with my sun block next time! Date of review: June 28, 2011
In short: A disappointing 3rd Sheffield Half for me In full: Sheffield 2009 was where I first spotted runners from the club that I later joined, so it'll always have a special place in my heart, hence why I was doing it for the third year in a row. We were flying on holiday at 7pm that night so my husband wasn't delighted I still intended to do it, but I had thought it was worth it...
Sadly I have to echo what many other people are saying about some of the organisation this year. The lack of toilets compounded by the poorly sign-posted layout inside and out meant I missed lining up for the start and had to jump over the barrier, luckily crossing the start when only 2 mins had passed on the clock. No warm up and a terrible sense of dread meant I didn't start in the best state.
I don't mind cups as I wouldn't have wanted to carry a bottle, but the stations were not ready and not quick enough so I decided not to drink a couple of times when maybe I should have. It was lucky the date moved as normally the weather is far hotter in April. I was disappointed and annoyed, like a few other runners, to find that the sports drink station wasn't there and none at the end either. This isn't a cheap race and we were promised this is the literature as in previous years, and people had built them into their race plans. It feels like the organisers just being greedy at the expense of the runners, which is a real shame.
There are lots of good bits though - despite my horror start I did a course PB, the supporters and marshalls are wonderful and generous with their time and the medals are ace! Why not lose the t-shirt and decrease the entry fee though?
I'm still feeling rather disappointed by this so it won't be one that I automatically sign up for next year. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: A bit different and fun, with wet feet! In full: I did it as part of our club's GP and I wasn't expecting a PB because of the obstacles. It was a fun race and we all enjoyed it, but I think it was a bit short of the advertised 6 miles, 2 furlongs...
I emailed the organiser to get the results in a PDF and the link to photos, so would suggest you do the same if you want them. No mention of the team prizes though and I think we won both of them :0) Date of review: April 4, 2011
In short: The light drizzle didn't spoil a good race In full: I wanted to do a half early in 2011,so this was perfect. Despite not having done much specific training for it I was planning to use it just as a long run but I was delighted to have found I was running quicker than I thought, and with no specific time pressure I tried to actually enjoy it! That said though, if I had set myself a proper split per mile then I may have beaten my PB rather than be a paltry 57s away from it - d'oh!
Another good race - well organised as ever by Reg and Karen. Thanks chaps. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Not a PB, but a course PB at least! In full: It was a glorious day, but not as hot as last year so it was a course PB for me. That said it was a lot slower than my road PB, but I expected that.
The organisation was great as usual - thanks Reg and Karen.
If you like the course but fancy a greater challenge come back on December 5th for Edwinstowe 10k. Last year it was a freezing, icy mudbath but still fun! Date of review: July 26, 2010
In short: Tougher than expected but glorious In full: Whilst it's tougher than it used to be - now featuring trail/cross country elements - it is an interesting route and the scenery on such a sunny day was beautiful.
When I finally saw the 9k marker I was gutted thinking I was heading for my slowest ever 10k, and then just around the corner I didn't believe that it could just be straight to the finish - I was looking for a loop of the field... It meant when I got such an improved PB it was a genuine shock and delight!
As a Clowne myself this race was great to run because I knew most of the marshals including my husband and best friend and hearing all the shouts of "come on SJ!" really did help. Thanks to everyone who marshalled. Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: Well organised, well supported race In full: This was my second year and I shaved over 10 mins off my (quite slow) time and 3 mins off current half marathon PB so I was really chuffed. Perfect weather - not as hot at last year.
It's incredibly well-organised and with loads of marshalls and supporters.
Key highlights for me were the (deliberately!?) out of tune brass band, well-meaners giving out Jaffa cakes in the last couple of miles and an awesome sprint finish by the team of lads dressed up as Super Mario characters! Date of review: May 6, 2010