In short: I keep coming back, I like this one! In full: Maybe because I got a prize in my category (2nd F Vet 55, second year running, must try harder next year!) or maybe not - but I do love this race. People complain about the hills but if you are local enough (does Sheffield count?) we are used to hills. This is a friendly, well organised event. Generous with prizes - thank you! Not traffic free but well controlled I would say. Well marshalled throughout. Near to home for me and definitely one I will be back for in the future. Good support on the way round. Thank you!! Date of review: November 17, 2013
In short: Great race, starting in a lovely park and going off road, nice challenge! In full: I run in Endcliffe Park and the trails around it most days - so this is a must do race for me. It is challenging on the narrow trails and involves one spectacular, short, steep grassy bank - on both laps! There is always a good atmosphere, it is a friendly race and worth coming back for more! This year there was mud as well, no control over the weather!, but it did not dampen the day at all, just added to the fun! Date of review: October 15, 2013
In short: One not to miss! In full: I love this half marathon. Bus from the finish to the start (all worked well) then run to the finish on the trail. Chip timing this year and started in waves - great as the trail is narrow and the start last year was very bunched. Good support. Showers at the community centre. Entering 2014 Date of review: October 9, 2013
In short: Excellent starting and finishing in the Don Valley Stadium (sadly for the last time though!) In full: Living in Sheffield this is a must do race for me. Easy to get to and park. Fantastic atmosphere in the stadium (interested to see where we will be next year!), very friendly crowd of runners. Most parts of the run have spectators (but a little thin on the ground at Brightside) Fantastic support particularly in the stadium, City Centre Bramall Lane and Ecclesall Road - awesome running up and down there, the crowd lift your feet and your spirits! Plenty of water stations, well managed. Date of review: May 14, 2013
In short: Tough but well worth turning up for, fantastic atmosphere In full: I did this one last year for the first time and was determined to come back for more. Yes it has a couple of tough hills and there is an amazing downhill one which takes some nerve to speed up but it is interesting. The organisation is ace and the atmosphere is great. I managed to knock 2.5 minutes off my time from 2012 so need to come back to try even better. In spite of the awful weather this was definitely a good race. Really appreciated the long sleeved tee shirt. People are just so friendly! Just do it!! Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: Worth coming back for every year In full: I love this race. Yes the last couple of miles have a couple of hills, but hey we are up north! I ran a PB for this race this year (48.13) and got a prize for 2nd place F Vet 55 so feeling pretty good. Glorious weather (just a little cold defrosting the car before setting off!). Very friendly and as I am an unattached runner that helps! Everyone was great. Will be back in 2013 for sure. Date of review: November 18, 2012
In short: Glorious and I am not just biased because I got a PB! In full: Well organised. Parking at the finish and getting a bus to the start was different but then it was great finishing only a short walk from the car park! And the buses were not too crowded (my one fear!) Glad the weather was so kind to us, a wet and windy day might have felt awful! Met some lovely, friendly people! The trail was good for running and great being traffic free. Not too many walkers or cyclists on the route and everyone was keen to share the path. I had no problems. Enough water stations, nice goodies to eat at the end. Good shower and changing facilities at the end. I will definitely be back next year. And will be aiming to come first in my vet class rather than second. Need to work even harder on the speed! Feeling very happy right now. Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: Great starting and finishing in Endcliffe Park, challenging in parts! In full: I love this one, and the fact it is so near home helps too. The course is two laps and mainly trails and the park - more of a challenge than just road running. Nice atmosphere in the park. My only gripe is the limited range of prizes. First three males and females, first m and f under 18 and first m and f vet 40. Most races have more vet categories. Where is the incentive for us older runners, we still do the training and cover the distance! Other than that I enjoyed the day and will be back! Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Tough but worth it for the scenery! In full: Definitely a challenging 10 miles with some hard uphills on trails, but then the downhills are great in the second half. Good finish. Friendly runners and organisers. Great refreshments for all runners as part of the reasonable entry fee (and a medal!) A good day! Worth the trip, glad the weather was dry!
In short: Challenging first half, worth turning up for! In full: My first time at this race. Very friendly! Tough first part, lots of climbing, fab views at the top! Speedy second half with a lap of the field to finish. Great atmosphere! Will be back next year and try to improve my time for the first half of the race, second half was very speedy!