In short: Really enjoyable morning jaunt round Stockport In full: With large portions through housing estates, it shouldn't be a particularly memorable race. But it was! One or two areas of improvement...number collection was a bit disorganised, and website directions from the M60 could have been clearer (like included the junction number) But those are minor gripes in a thoroughly enjoyable race. The atmosphere is excellent, the marshalls were amongst the best I have ever encountered - helped by the name on the fronts admittedly. Great t-shirt, which unusually for the "fuller-figured" me is actually big enough to wear! Well worth the trip up from Leicester,!
Thanks and well done to all involved with the organisation. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Challenging fast paced race with a long climb, fast down hills and smooth organisation In full: Really enjoyed this race which was well organised from start to finish. The run started off in front of the beautiful loseley house down the drive and onto the road. We then climbed a short hill past some lovely houses before descending back down towards Guildford and to the bottom of the longest climb in the run to the top of the hogs back (ling buster!). The route took us along the top of the hogs back along a wide, flat track bridle way with stunning views before dropping back down a long hill towards Compton and back to the loseley estate with a fast flat track to the finish. The route was clearly marked with no bottle necks and friendly Marshall's encouraging runners as they past. No tee shirts or medals but plenty of professional photographers out on the route from whom the photos will be free to download. Maybe not a run for a beginner to tackle due to the numbers of running club members present which made it a fast paced event but for me as an intermediate runner it was just the challenge I needed. This is a race I will absolutely want to do again Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Loved it. nice run, great marshalling, brilliant commentary In full: Well worth the journey from Yorkshire. Hills were challenging but manageable at a slower pace. Well organized with some great marshalling. Didn't mind the uneven downhill section... flying down there just made it more interesting :-)
Probably not a pb course for most but great for experience, Hill work, stamina etc...and for the magnificent stadium Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: One of the best In full: Whilst not carping at the race which was brilliant I append a few observations: -the race numbers were a good idea as at every marshalling point you were cheerfully addressed by your name which was very uplifting. More race organisers should follow this practice! - the videos were hilarious.When can we expect the TV series? -I was not happy with the new off-road bit as I reiterate what a previous correspondant stated about slippiness and dodging the potholes. -Why was the arch removed prior to the back markers arriving in the stadium? -Good t-shirt! -I still noted , despite many warnings , that folk had earphones in.Are these runners loony especially with the traffic which was encountered on route.Do they realise that an accident to prejudice the future running of the event ??? -See you next year. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Tough course, not sure about the off road tracks In full: The course was great until it went onto the off-road tracks uneven and slippery surfaces slowed me down considerably. I believe this is different to last year, so not too sure. 100% tarmaced is a little strong! Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Classic race! In full: Dreary estates, dodging the traffic, muddy farm tracks, the magnificent Woodbank Stadium and hot pot-ready Clubhouse. This race has got it all. But done with such good spirit. A classic race! Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: I AM BACK In full: Two years out, (i wont go into why) great way to build up my confidence to run again. I last did this race in 2010 and the organisation is still second to none, the Marshal support was absolutely superb, an all round great day happy with my time, so on wards and upwards. I (hope) i am back.....Excellent Stockport harriers, be back next year. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Very friendly but hilly 10M In full: Shame so much of it is on roads but I guess it' hard for it not to be. Very friendly, supportive marshals and fab finish in the stadium with very special commentary. Good atmosphere Date of review: December 8, 2013
In short: Super Event and Great Goody Bag In full: Great fun. Super race through beautiful park. How many races do you run through herds of deer? Loved it despite my calf screwing up with 300m to go! Awesome goody bag. Loaf of bread. Tea cakes and choccie biccies. Happy days. Date of review: December 8, 2013
In short: Great race in beautiful scenery In full: This was a terrific event - great scenery, supportive marshalls - but I do have a gripe. The last mile was clearly well over one mile; nearer to 1.5. At the 9 mile marker, I was 2 minutes inside my target; and yet I finished 1 minute outside it. There is no way I lost 3 minutes to the clock in the last mile. Mapmyrun measured the distance at 10.5 miles. Did anybody else encounter the same problem? Date of review: December 8, 2013
In short: Efficient organisation and a great end of year event In full: Having already taken part in the Bedford Half Marathon three times before, I was confident that the slick organisation and friendly marshalls and other volunteers would make this a great race.
The bus shuttle to the start line from the free car park did not require any wait. Collecting timing chip and dropping baggage for secure storage was done with in a couple of minutes.
Plenty of toilets and gents urinals set up - in addition to those in the schools sports centre changing rooms.
Before the event - cup of tea (50p!) and a banana (30p!). No queue, but I did notice the queue for the food was longer after the race.
Start was on time at 10:00 and plenty of marshalls and a clear PA to ensure that all went to plan.
A crisp sunny day made the undulating course along quiet country lanes all the more enjoyable. There is one stretch along a main road, but the traffic did seem to be considerate and kept a safe distance away (although of course it just takes one reckless car driver to change that).
Plenty of drinks stations. Water from cups. I am sure that I could have had another cup if I had needed more.
Last few miles of the route is largely downhill and makes for faster miles. Final 800 metres on a slight incline back to the school.
Last year there was a perfectly usable rucksack, this year a kit bag. Happy with this as I already have a few running shirts! Date of review: December 8, 2013