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
In short: A fun run, well organised In full: I ran my first marathon last week, so wanted to do a shorter and enjoyable run. This fit the bill. Its a run around the airport mostly off road on tracks. In places the ground is uneven and you need to be careful of your footing. It was a dry day today, if it had been wet you would need to take more care.
A very friendly race everyone was most helpful. Marshalls were good, parking was good. It gets a good vote from me.
I may well join you again next year. Thank you. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Great race through Sherwood In full: This is a super race. It is all off road around on firm tracks around Sherwood Pines.
It was the third time for me, and I do intend to return next year.
This year was nothing short of a deluge. It was torrential rain all around. Once you accepted there was no point in running around the water, then all was fine. We all got very wet, but a great time was had. I suspect there were not too many PB's this year. The ground held up though and was firm. Even the finish on the grassy area was fine ... this was probably as we were wading to the finish line :-)
Organisation was great (as usual). High praise to all the marshalls who stood out in the pouring rain giving support to the runners, and for the organisers for letting the run go ahead. I spent time on Saturday preparing myself for a cancellation.
In short: Hard run but so pleasing on the eye In full: I entered this run with some trepidation with regards to the hills. It is a hard course with a very hard 3 mile uphill start. Once you are over that the views are fantastic and you start to remember why you run. What goes up, usually comes down, and indeed there were some long down hill stretches to enjoy.
Forget the stop watch, just take part and enjoy the wonderful Derbyshire countryside.
Organisation was superb, the marshals were very supporting and the water stations also very friendly.
Of all the runs I have ever done, I feel that this was probably the hardest and probably the most rewarding. If Carling did Half Marathons ... this would be it.
See you next year. Thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: May 25, 2014