In short: better but not great organisation, fast flat pb course. In full: Parking wise you probably need to get there early, then it was ok. Didn't have a bag which sounds like a smart move. Where were the chip bins? wandered around with mine and another runners and couldn't see any bin, eventually got directed to a young woman with a bucket! I love the course, it's supa fast as far as I'm concerned. The castle finish has an appeal but the cobbles hurt me and I agree with the calls for late distance markers. Two or three markers between 9km mark and the finish please. Well done to Ed Applewhite too. we talked before the start and I reckon must have ran the whole way together. Hope you are pleased with your time, you must haved finished strong. Congrats to you and best of luck with future races. I'll be back next year I hope! Date of review: March 25, 2012
In full: Loved the race & thanks to organisers and marshalls for such a seamless event. Hills were nothing like as bad as I'd anticipated, and as someone shouted to me at halfway, the second half was kinder and quicker than the first. Final hill was tough but didn't last too long (thankfully). The race is great value and Thoroughly enjoyable. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: February 4, 2012
In short: Well organised & an entertaining course In full: Run was well marshalled & friendly. Tow path was a bit bumpy in places which didn't help with keeping your form with tired legs. Course not as challenging as I was expecting. The finish is downhill from the start so the toughish first 3k is easily forgotten by the rest of race being downhill or flat. Thank You Horsforth Harriers. Hope to do race again. Date of review: September 26, 2011
In short: Absolutely loved it. It ain't flat but it's a total gem. In full: Friendly, well organised, brilliant atmosphere....I could go on. Those early miles are tough but scenery is excellent & downhill wild in parts. A pb is very unlikely but why bother about a pb for this distance. Just enjoy it! definitely plan to return for next year. Race is a bargain with a t shirt and bottle of beer at finish. Marshalls, you did a great job & were very supportive & encouraging. Thank You Date of review: September 8, 2011
In short: Flat & fast! If only that headwind had held off a bit In full: My second time and I plan to return next year for another go. Course is about as flat as you can get & support is good, but maybe a bit thin (understandably) in boring middle bit. That dual carriage way is one LONG road!!! Headwind on way back and going off a bit too quick 1st half (trying to keep up with a young local whippet "well done to you!")made last 3 miles painful and pretty slow but I still did a pb. Marshalls very encouraging and very well organised event. Size perfect, not too big or too small. See you next year. Date of review: September 8, 2011
In short: A real pb course, wide roads, flat as a pancake route and great support throughout. Parking was a total nightmare. In full: I arrived in plenty of time as bumf advised but was met with blocked roads and extremely unhelpful, at times rude, police traffic operatives!!!!. No signs directing me anywhere and had to jump out of the car and ask passers by for help. NOT GOOD!!! The race itself was a ball, loved the flat course and wide roads, no excuses if you don't run a fast time here. On finishing I waited to meet my family in the race village, but after waiting for 20 minutes went looking for them. Turns out they'd been refused access to the village.....um??? Not good!!! Then dogmatic marshalls wouldn't let us cross route, despite the fact that it was 90 minutes after the race start and then remained only the odd tail ender (absolute respect to you) still on route. Overall I loved the race but hated the organisation (or lack of) it. Date of review: May 10, 2011
In short: Nice because it's my local race but it's not a pb course and the water stations are bad!!! In full: My first time and I enjoyed the race despite conditions being quite challenging, it being warm with some real gusty winds. The start in the stadium is novel but narrow and i had to stop & check myself a few times before we got out onto the open roads. The support on route was generally good especially the city section, which is essentially the middle third of the race. The goody bag was really poor, worst i've had in recent runs. The course was more up & down than I expected but I can live with that, but I found the 3 subway excursions a bit much and a real rhythm breaker. How about closing a few more roads? It is only for a morning once a year. Being channelled down underpasses doesn't grant the runners and the event the respect and prestige it deserves and should aspire too. My biggest gripe is the drink stations. A 5000 runner big city event and we get water in plastic canteen cups!!! How are we meant to drink them??? I spilt half of mine over the poor volunteers that was trying to hand it to me and ended up coughing and spluttering trying to drink the rest. Every other event I've run I got bottles of water at drink stations and that's been perfect. Surely an event this big & popular can find a sponsor who can provide something better than that. At the last 2 stations I gave up trying to drink anything & just threw the water over my head. Come on Sheffield £26 entry?? Get it sorted for next year otherwise I fear the event might start to go on the decline. Yes it's popular but don't be complacent, the start and especially the drinks provision needs to be reviewed and improved.