In short: Good race, fast and excellent support in parts In full: This race is a good one for a PB attempt, its flat and the roads are wide so you never get backed up behind packs of runners. The support around the lowry is excellent (Start/Finish,2k mark, 9k-> finish) although the rest of the route is round very dull industrial areas.
The water point at 5k was manned ok for those around my group (43 min) but im guessing they may have struggled at some of the peak flow points as there were only 3 helpers on one side and one on the other. The rest of the route was well marshaled.
The last 1km seemed to go on forever then all of a sudden the end was right in front of you, as someone else said it might have been nice with a 400m to go sign etc but that's a minor flaw.
The major downside was the metrolink communication, and its hard to say if this is the fault of the organisers or metrolink (or a bit of both). Last year the race was delayed due to the metrolink still running along the route, this year the metrolink was off completely on the Eccles line so replacement buses were put on. This wasn't explained at all on the metrolink and nobody was at the stations explaining this. I ended up getting off at Cornbrook to be told i had to get on the next tram going back the same way and get a bus from Trafford bar. After sitting on the bus for 15 mins it moved about 500 yards and they announced that exchange quay (where Frankie and bennys is etc) was the last stop as the roads had been closed "because of some running thing", which considering the bus was completely full of runners we already kinda knew that was on as that's where we were trying to get to. It would have just been quicker to walk in the first place. This could have been Metrolinks fault but it would have been wise for STI to have a rep at Trafford Bar telling people what was going on.
The goody bag was alright for an STI event. it had a tech t-shirt which their other events don't, no food though and lots of self advertising (for club la Sanza). The medal was also a generic Club La Sanza one which had no mention of Salford 10k so will no doubt be handed out at future STI events (Aintree etc). It almost felt like a kids club medal you would get on holiday.
All in all i would do it again at the price point (£15) but if it ever raised the prices to £20+ I would probably do a different event.
In short: The friendliest and by far the best triathlon i've taken part in. In full: Hopefully this won't clash with the Maidenhead Half next time as this is an event to keep coming back to again and again.
A really friendly event, ultra slick organisation right from the pre race information, the genius idea of racking your bike pre-registration and then the event itself. Brilliant marshals and lovely courses.
I stayed overnight at the hotel onsite the night before the race and I'd certainly do that again; a relaxed breakfast and lie in makes such a difference.
In short: Friendly Village Race... with testing 10 mile rural course In full: The sun always seems to come out for Swineshead. Great friendly village atmosphere with tea & cake, ice cream and cheap beer to rehydrate on. 10 mile course is flat if you live in Yorkshire ...or a mountain range if you came from London. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Quite posibly the only time you'll sing 'the hills are alive...' during a trail race In full: A gorgeous route with stunning scenery and more steep bits than you should reasonably be able to fit in 10k. Definitely a very challenging race, but it was my first trail 10k and I was in good company the whole way round. An excellent test of how fit you are for autumn trail and cross-country racing. The marshalls and organisers were friendly, enthusiastic and hugely encouraging all the way round. I had a brilliant morning's running, will definitely be back next year and I'm sure my glutes will stop aching sometime soon... :) Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Lovely family friendly local race In full: Back again for my local off road race. A there and back race so remember what goes down must come back up! But it is such a very friendly race, it's good for new and old runners as everyone is always in great spirits and giving great encouragement to eachother no matter how fast or slow. One of the few races where the winner stays at the line and cheers on everyone else. Will be back again next year. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Hills, hills and more hills In full: A great race - well organised with friendly marshals. Fantastic atmosphere and really tough! This race had it all - hills, hills and more hills, mud, narrow winding paths, sharp turns, gates - and to top it all, breathtaking scenery. Can't wait for next year. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Flat course by the Thames in early Autumn. Glorious!!! In full: A really charming race in Richmond. The course quickly gets to the river (by a slow staircase unfortunately) but after that it's pure speed down the towpath with a large turnaround in a park before back on yourself. Also as it's along the Thames the same scenery doesn't feel like a chore in anyway. Would highly recommend. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Great organisation and marshals, Real race of two halfs. In full: Since they moved this race 1/2 mile up teh road to the School the start area works much better with plenty of parking, good facilities etc.
Its a real race of two halfs. The first half is run alongside the half marathon and tends to have enough other runners (but in no way crowded)to chat to. That half is teh more physically challenging with lots of bumps/slopes to keep you amused, nothing too significant but certainly much "hillier" than you would expect from a seaside course.
The second half is much flatter and is run for large parts along the sea defences so hard concrete surface. Fewer runners (and spread out by that stage) although the out and back parts give you a chance to say hello to runners going the other way. It does get a bit soul destroying though the relentless flat sea wall.
Support and encouragement from marshals is great and surprising amount of encouragement from day trippers enjoying the seaside.
Good medal and T shirt (tech). Well worth doing as an early autumn long run. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Glorious trail race with fantastic organisation In full: The usual brilliant organisation from Mudcrew, fantastic race village with a great atmosphere before and after the event. Being a slower runner it is great to still find supplies at the aid stations when I got there which doesn't always happen at events. One of my favourite races of the year, everything thought of, I would highly recommend it. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Best 10K to date. Can't wait to do it again In full: This has to be the best 10K race to date with some tough hills and beautiful scenery. It was very well organised and the marshals were both friendly and encouraging. I too liked the smaller bottles of water as you could a least carry them with you. In fact I loved it so much that I wanted to turn around and run it again.
In short: Scenic, friendly and superb value In full: A very nice marathon. The course is described as 'mildly undulating' which is true overall: the first half undulates the second half is almost all flat. Some very nice views of the coast, though on a windy day I can imagine it would be a lot tougher to run. A friendly atmosphere with very good marshals (both encouraging and good at pointing out the course before you actually reach them). Possibly one of the best value races I've done (outside of Parkrun of course!), a marathon for £20 is pretty rare in itself, but add in a decent goody bag, nice medal, reasonable facilities and a very nice tech finishers shirt as well and it's very impressive. Two suggestions I'd make would be more course signage just in case a marshal were called away from a turn briefly, and it would be nice to have showers available (the race would still be good value even if £5 were added to cover this, though those without a long drive home might not agree of course!). Overall I wouldn't pick it as a PB course, but as an enjoyable race it's well worthwhile :) Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Flat 10K with some minor course changes for 2014 In full: A slight change to the course route in 2014, meant the race starts and finishes at the same point on the sea front. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Lumpy, Bumpy and great fun In full: This is one of the nicest races to do. Great fun and camaraderie with the runners, fantastic support and the usual Dr Rob sprinkling of magic. A great local race and one of my favourites. Many thanks to Rob and his band of merry marshals. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Fast, flat, excellently organised Half In full: Very flat two lapper through some nice countryside/town. First half mile was a bit congested through the town centre but fine after that. Road closures were very impressive and made for a great race. Plenty of water stops (every 3 miles - ish). High level of spectator turnout even in the rural bits probably helped by the 2 lap configuration. Definite PB potential - I know I did! Date of review: September 8, 2014