In short: A hard Half Marathon that is ever so rewarding In full: I have completed this race for the last 3 years now, and my thought process this year was along the following lines:
Miles 1 -3 - why am I putting myself through this again ? Miles 3 - 7 - Ah that's why, simply stunning views. Miles 8 - 9 - Oh no .. this is defo the last year I am doing this. Miles 10 - 13 - Fab stuff, will be back in 2017 to beat this time.
I find the race brutal in places, but then there are some large 'downs' to claw time back. You do need to do some training on hills though. The views are superb, I am tempted to say second to none. The organisation is top class - there is honestly nothing constructive I can offer by way of improvement. And its very reasonably priced.
I will be back in 2017, this is a race not to be missed. Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Hard and hilly with fantastic scenery In full: I loved this race, but had no chance of a PB. The first 7 miles are hard with 3 fairly serious up's and some very serious downs. Once you are past that point it flattens out for the last few miles. The course is mostly rural.
The scenery is just fantastic, we were watching hang gliders enjoying the weather and there were some splendid views.
Great organisation. The first part of the race had road closures, but thereafter they were quiet but open roads. But you felt safe, the marshals were wonderful.
Would I do it again - yes, but I need to work more on the hills. Its not an easy or a PB run, but if you work hard at training you will love it. Date of review: September 13, 2015
In short: Super 10k race In full: Very well organised. The first half is undulating, with more ups than downs. Once you are over this then its downhill/flat all the way back. A good chance to make up for any lost time. Its mostly a rural run along quiet roads, and a stretch along a well constructed trail path.
Good t-shirt, free and easy parking and a very supporting group of marshals.
In short: Fantastic challenging race, amazing support In full: On the whole I don't particularly like the big city races, but thought I would give this one ago now that the Jane Tomlinson Trust has got involved.
Previous Sheffield Half Marathons have been marred with stories of poor parking, no water etc.
No problems whatsoever this year. Everything was perfect for me, easy to park, easy to find. You were kept up to date with emails etc. It all seemed to be simply perfect.
The run itself was a challenge to say the least. All the up's are in the first 5 miles, but its a fairly hard 5 miles certainly. Once you hit the 5 mile mark it was down hill/flat all the way back. Its a mixture of city and rural with some lovely panoramic views across the area once you are high up.
The people of Sheffield were absolutely amazing. The streets were lined with support just about all the way around, and they really helped. My hat goes off to the wonderful folk of Sheffield and the area - well done.
Will certainly be back next year. Many thanks for all the work put into making this such a cracking event. Date of review: April 12, 2015
In short: Flat and scenic off road course In full: This was a fab flat off road course, following the Middlewood Way and returning along the Macclesfield canal. Apart from a few steps and a couple of short inclines/declines at around the 10 mile mark - it was totally flat.
Organisation was superb, and the marshals did a great job. Plenty of free parking and a smashing goody bag (including a bottle of beer, bar of chocolate and plenty of gels). Water stops were well placed and a well deserved banana at the end.
It was a little tricky underfoot, I would consider trail shoes if you have them. In places its also a little narrow so whilst it is in many ways a PB course, you could find yourself struggling to achieve it. For me it was my second best HM time ... so no complaints.
All in all a smashing run at a time of year (February) where there are not too many HM's around. I'm very likely to return next year.
Many thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: February 28, 2015
In short: Another magnificent race by Clowne Road Runners In full: I love this race, its undulating (but not so hard) and rural. Often the weather is against you - this year it was kind.
The organisation is second to none, Clowne Road Runners do a superb job. The locals and marshalls are full of cheer along the route, its very uplifting.
The goody bag is amazing considering its not an expensive run (around £13 if I recall correctly). My bag had a T-shirt, power drink, crumpets, a Tunnocks bar, blister plasters and banana in it. At the finish line there is flapjack, and there are jelly babies around the course.
Parking is easy and free. Its a fab run, I will be back next year ... and the year after that and ... Date of review: November 23, 2014
In short: Much tougher than I expected, but well organised In full: Cor this was a hard race I felt. I have run a few half's in the 1 hour 40's this year, but only just managed to get home in under 2 hours.
It is hilly, and there seemed more ups than downs. Its also a 2 lap run, so you know exactly what you need to do on the second time around.
Its a real challenge and not for the beginner I feel. Its well organised, pleanty of parking and good marshalls and signs all the way around.
Its a great shame about today's weather, we were in cloud/mist all the way so did not really get a chance to take in those views.
Would certainly consider doing it again, but need to work on those hills.
Well done to everyone involved. Date of review: November 16, 2014
In short: Good fun race, mostly off road with a couple of hills In full: I thought this was a super race. Its mostly off road on tracks and through parks. Its a two lap race with a particularly nasty hill (grass and very slippy). In parts it wasn't easy to get a good grip - but a fab run and a magnificent atmosphere.
Worth not worrying too much about your time and just enjoying the run in honesty.
Fab goodie bag, pleanty of parking and super organisation.
The only bit of feedback from me would be that we didn't seem to have kilometer markers on the second time round the laps ... But I'm being picky.
I will certainly put it in my diary for next year, but if its wet I may chose a different set of running shoes. Date of review: October 19, 2014
In short: Fast and well organised In full: This was the second time I have run this smashing race.
Its flat or downhill for all 13.1 miles. Its off road with lovely views of the Derbyshire countryside. On the Sunday we were blessed with a sunny day albeit with a little wind, but it was dry.
Marshalls were great and we had water/sweets along the way. Its a smashing atmosphere with a fair number of not so serious runners. Its a good race to go for a PB though - I managed to knock 4 minutes off my previous best event.
Communication and organisation is fantastic, cannot fault it in any way. I'm pleased to say I've already got my form in for 2015.
Well done to everyone involved in this rather special event. Date of review: October 6, 2014