In short: Teesthing problems pre-race, but race day was great In full: This is for the half marathon.
I was surprised at the need to collect the race number the day before, and some of the communications pre-race could have been better.
The race itself was well organised, although the road closures take some negotiating when you are making your way to Queen's Park.
The fact that this is a local course for me made it more interesting - there are dull stretches but there are also some scenic bits and Hasland is special - as good as Ecclesall Road in the Sheffield Half. I was holding back, having had an injury, but i reckon a quick time is possible once you've negotiated the hill at Heath at mile 6 or so. I'll be back. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Smashed my PB, great organisation and support In full: After a terrible experience at the infamous Sheffield Half this was pure joy. An early start but the organisation and facilities at the stadium are excellent and the walk to the start helps as a warm up. The tannoy at the start works well (take note Sheffield) and we're off on time at 9. If you like varying scenery this race isn't giving you that but it gives you long straights where you can get into rhythym and it gives you plenty of water stops in cup and bottle form (take special note, Sheffield). The support is sparse but great when you get it - having your name on your number means people personalise their encouragement, which is great. The finish in the stadium is fantastic and I absolutely smashed my PB. You get cake, a medal and a technical T shirt - there's changing with showers and a great bacon sandwich to be had as a reward in the executive lounge at the stadium. Well played, Scunthorpe. Sorry that my football team beat yours to the League 2 title yesterday. (No, I'm not) Date of review: May 4, 2014
In short: Another great Dronfield 10K In full: This is a challenging course but I improved by Course Best by over 2 minutes this year. Roads were closed again which was great. The crowds are quite big for a 10K and help make a great atmosphere. Date of review: March 25, 2014
In short: Challenging course, well run but a couple of unforseen glitches In full: This is a challenging but scenic course that is a great race in its own right but also good as a marathon workout. Marshals are great and the long sleeve top is very nice. The glitches were the lack of portaloos and the flooding of the changing rooms which meant no post race shower. Neither were the fault of the organisers, who did a great job. Date of review: February 17, 2014
In short: My local race - challenging but worth the effort In full: This is my closest race and one I will definitely attempt again. Clowne RR do a great job in organising and marshalling a tricky course which has minimal road closures. There are some challenging sections on the course, most notably through Whitwell at around 9-10 miles where you need to dig in. It's not chip timed so don't expect to match your Garmin to the second but it's great value with a good T-shirt and more importantly home made flapjack at the end. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Tough race but worth the challenge In full: The course is challenging but if you can cope with hills it doesn't become boring. The marshalls are very good and definitely help as there is traffic around for most of the course. Good value and I'll hopefully return to beat my time. Date of review: November 17, 2013
In short: Second time at Worksop for me, won't be the last In full: Very windy today and going up the hill between miles 10 and 11 into the wind was brutal and it almost stopped me getting a PB (which I got by 30 seconds). The scenery is great and the volunteers help you round. Date of review: October 27, 2013
In short: Lots of positives, will do it again In full: I hadn't trained well enough to get a PB this time, but it's got potential. Nice parts by the river and through the University but that loop at the end is psychologically very hard to get through. Date of review: October 11, 2013