In short: Big race, big atmosphere, big fun In full: First time in this race for me and one I will definitely come back to. The atmoshphere was great and the route was interesting (once we'd got past "the football ground"). Date of review: September 10, 2010
In short: Still as tough as last year even with a flatter finish line! In full: There was a change to the course this year with a dog-leg on Penistone Road that meant the finish line was on Arundel Gate next to the start line. However, it didn't make it any easier at the end so an improvement of 2 minutes 29 seconds on last year's time was very welcome. Maybe not as many runners as last year but nonetheless a well organised and fun event. The bands on the course certainly add atmosphere but I didn't hear many of them as I had Lady Gaga in my ears for most of the way.
This race ends my 2010 season and I'm still aching from the effort.
Recommended race. Date of review: September 10, 2010
In short: New course adds to the quality of this event In full: This year the race started and finished at Bolsover Castle, which is a big improvement on the previous start at the school, especially for family, friends and suppporters as they can now visit the Castle whilst the race is in progress. The course change at Scarcliffe introduced a more challenging element in kilometre 8, and I personally found it quite hard on the calves. However, the run back into Bolsover from Hillstown and along Langwith Road onto High Street made for quite a zippy finish, although the finish line could have been better marked as the route came into the main courtyard. Although the course is now a kilometre longer than before, I think this has actually enhanced the race. Date of review: December 13, 2009
In short: Superb atmosphere, well organised, easy to get to. In full: My first experience of a Great Run event and definitely one of the best atmospheres ever experienced at a race. Live music all along the course meant I could leave my MP3 player behind. The Morris dancers definitely gave the event a quirkiness that you could only get in Britain. Sheffield is a nostalgic place for me and it was good to finally get to run 6 miles in the city with no traffic to worry about. Now looking at doing Manchester next year. Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: Relentless hills that gave no respite. In full: This course proved my nadir and confirmed that going longer than 13.1 miles would be just too darned stupid for this old fella. Date of review: June 28, 2009
In short: Better conditions than last year - PB clocked in 2009!!!! In full: The course this year was about 100m longer than last year and despite that I managed a personal PB, beating last year's time by 1:29. Weather much better than in 2008. Course just as challenging, especially the bridge over the railway at 6.5k - that's a beast. Will do again next year. Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: Good variety of scenery, some challenging parts, some fast sections. In full: This was my first ever half-marathon and was a really enjoyable experience. It had enough challenging parts mixed in with fast parts to make it a well-balance course. Great crowds all along the course that were very supportive. Date of review: September 15, 2008
In short: Tough undulalting course in fantastic scenery. In full: The beauty of this race lies not only in the stunning country park setting, nor in the bargain value, nor in the friendliness of marshalls and organiser, but in allowing the option of quiting after 5 miles or going on for a second lap to make it a 10 mile race. There is absolutely no shame in stopping after 5 miles because 5 miles on this course would be like 8 or more on a flat course. However, if you're not used to doing 10 miles and can complete the full course then the sense of achievement is special.
Well worth the time and cost of doing this race. Date of review: September 1, 2008