In short: This race has grown! In full: It's 3 or 4 years since I did this one and it's really changed and now has the big race feel. The course had changed somewhat since I last did it - mainly for the better I think. I enjoyed the loop through the park instead of along Turncroft lane, and the tracks through the Goyt valley were a welcome change from the road. Not so keen on the funny little loop round the green at around 2 miles. Great organisation and encouraging marshalls. I thought having names on the number bibs was a great idea, and having a name check on the PA when entering the track was special. The only negative for me was waiting at the start while we had some speeches that I couldn't hear properly whilst getting soaked and frozen in the driving rain and hail when all we wanted to do was get on with the race. Other than that, faultless organisation and I loved the commentary, which you could actually hear going through the Goyt valley about 3 miles from the finish. I wish I'd remembered to bring some money for all the goodies on sale at the end - the food looked great. This race will be a priority for me from now on. Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: Hills, mud and glorious views In full: Very well organised race that attracts a loyal following for good reason. Fills up by September. Startingt from teh top of Ham Hill there are ten significant hills - ie the kind you will have to walk up all or part of - and some other minor inclines between them. A few yards of country lane but all the rest on footpaths, through woods, across fields with fantastic views. One very muddy stretch through a wood - make sure your shoes are well-attached to your feet, otherwise the going was muddy but good though trail shoes with a good grip are essential. Highly recommended. Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: Superbly organised, great value out and back coastal promenade race In full: Thanet road runners certainly know how to put on a race.
Encouraging, friendly marshals who put up with the wind, cold and rain with good cheer. A special thank you to the gentleman who took my jacket at the 4 mile mark and returned it to me at the finish line.
Chip timing, bottled water, a quality medal, technical event t-shirt and goody bag. Highly recommended. Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: Another great race In full: You can't slate a race when it starts to the Benny Hill music, has legendary Tom Potson giving you his hilarious welcome and then throws in some killer hills to keep you on your toes. Brilliant once more despite the weather! Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: Exactly as described In full: Lots of hills, lots of mud, lots of marshals, lots of spot prizes, lots of Xmas puddings, very few PB's If you have not done this race it is up there with the best Date of review: December 8, 2014
In short: The Stockport 10 Rides Again! In full: Great race, cracking organisation, ran like clockwork! Not sure what the delay at the start was, and had issues hearing what was being said during the safety briefing, but these are minor complaints and can easily be fixed. This was my 4th Stockport 10 and shows no signs of being uncrowned as my favourite race of the year! Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: WORST ORGANISATION AND ATMOSPHERE I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED In full: WELL I WAS A LITTLE ANNOYED AT THIS WHOLE EVENT ON THE NIGHT BUT I WILL TRY TO BE OBJECTIVE AND I WOULD MAKE IT CLEAR THIS IS MY EXPERIENCE AND OPINION! YES ITS A NIGHT RUN SO IT WILL BE DARK BUT I WOULD AT LEAST (AS THIS WAS A PRIVATELY ORGANISED EVENT)EXPECT THIS TO BE ORGANISED WITH MILITARY PRECISION AND RUN FOR RUNNERS SAFELY. 1)DARK/WET/MUDDY LONG WALK TO THE START 2)CONFUSING WHEN YOU GOT THERE (WHERE IS THE START?WHERE IS MY TIMING CHIP?WHERE ARE MY GLOW STICKS?I THOUGHT THERE WAS SOMEWHERE TO BUY FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS? ALAS THE RESPONSE WAS "OH NONE OF THESE IN THIS RACE)DESPITE BEING ADVERTISED ON THE WEB SITE. 3)THEN I FIND OUT THIS HAS NOW TURNED INTO A CROSS COUNTRY FUN RUN IN THE DARK,NEWS TO ME, APPARENTLY THIS WAS ON THE WEB SITE, WELL I DIDNT SEE IT.? 4)OH!SORRY I FORGOT TO MENTION,I TOOK MY WIFE,DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND AND TWO THREE YEAR OLD GRAND KIDS AS ALL OF THE GLOW STUFF SOUNDED FUN FOR THEM,AND THE "GLOW ZONES"......WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM!!?OH NOT AT THIS EVENT I WAS TOLD AGAIN DESPITE IT BEING ON THE WEB SITE!!!GREAT NIGHT OUT FOR THE KIDS, NO GLOW STUFF, NO FOOD,NO DRINKS!! 5)OH SORRY THE RACE,I SOLDIERED ON,DESPITE AS I FOUND OUT AFTER SLIPPING ON MY BACKSIDE HAVING THE WRONG TYPE OF FOOTWEAR FOR THE COURSE (WELL I DIDNT KNOW). BEFORE I SLAM THIS, I AM NOT A DISGRUNTLED RUNNER BECAUSE I RAN BADLY,I ACTUALLY RAN REALLY WELL, AND WOULD HAVE FINISHED IN THE FIRST 6 IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THE MARSHALLING ON COURSE,IT WAS DANGEROUS,MARKERS TO SMALL AND TO FAR APART, COURSE FAR TO DARK (FOG DIDNT HELP ADMITADLEY)AND THE BOTTOM END OF THE COURSE WAS TREACHEROUS AND PLEASE DONT TELL ME I WAS THE ONLY ONE MENTIONING IT, I KNOW MANY DECIDED NOT TO RISK THE COURSE FOR THE SECOND LAP. MARSHALLING WAS AWFUL,I WAS GOING REALLY WELL AND WAS COMING TO WHAT I THOUGHT WAS THE FINISH AND SAID WHERES THE FINISH? WHEN THE MARSHALL SAID "KEEP TO TO THE LEFT OF THE GREEN MARKER LIGHT I WAS SURPRISED BUT WHY SHOULD I QUESTION THE MARSHALL?WELL I WOUND UP RUNNING AWAY FROM THE FINISH!! IF IT HADNT BEEN THAT I RECOGNISED THE COURSE (BEEN ROUND TWICE)AND TURNED AROUND I DREAD TO THINK WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED, ANYWAY IT STILL COST ME ABOUT 6 MINUTES, AND THE CHAP AT THE FINISH REALLY DIDNT CARE,YES I WAS VOCAL, AND I AM STILL AWAITING AN APOLOGY FOR MY OPINION OF THE POOR ORGANISATION,HIS ATTITUDE, AND PUTTING WORDS I DIDNT SAY INTO MY MOUTH,AND THE DISASTEROUS WRONG DIRECTION AT THE FINISH, BUT I WONT HOLD MY BREATH. SO COLD AND WET,FAMILY MISERABLE,COLD AND ME FEELING LIKE I HAD LET THEM DOWN AS IT WAS NOTHING LIKE THE ADVERTISED EVENT!! I STRESS THIS WAS MY EXPERIENCE AND MY OPINION BUT NEEDLESS TO SAY I WILL NOT BE DOING THIS EVENT AGAIN!! MOST DISAPPOINTED AS THE EVENING RUN SOUNDED LIKE IT WOULD BE A GREAT EXPERIENCE!! Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: More hills than you can shake a stick at. In full: Wonderful scenery , really tough course. Hills so steep they burn the legs to walk up ( especially the enormous one at mile 26!!) and difficult to run down ( add in some downhill running training) . The marathon was 27 miles but this was advertised beforehand . Everything was really fantastic about this race but my only gripe would be the Marshalls. They were quite possibly the worst I have ever come across , on two occasions they were just down right rude ! Not great on such a long and difficult run . I know it was cold and they must have been chilly but aren't they supposed to be encouraging or at least not insulting ?!! Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: WELL OOLD NO CHASNRGANISED,FUN,CHALLENGING,WELL DONE BEDS HARRIERS In full: THIS IS MY FIRST TIME IN THIS EVENT DESPITE ITS LOCALITY TO ME,ITS CHALLENGING AND TUFF. HOWEVER BRILLIANTLY ORGANISED DESPITE THE WALK TO RACE HQ,AND I WAS TOLD NO CHANCE OF A PB IN THIS EVENT,BUT I GOT ONE!! WELL DONE BEDS HARRIERS. Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: Mud, wind, rain, hail and deer! In full: Probably the worst conditions I've ever done a race in but didn't detract from it at all in fact in a perverse way added to the enjoyment. Super fun, stunning course, great atmosphere, faultless organisation and a great goody back full of food! See ya next year! Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: Great last run of the year In full: Very well organised. Parking well sign posted. Registration was easy with lots of friendly smiling faces. I ran with my son in the half mile pre-race and very enthusiastic support for all races. Liked the call out of runners names as everyone came in at the finish. Nice medal. The 5 mile run was a little hilly but very enjoyable run. Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: Mud and hills In full: Felt much harder than last year, probably because of the deep shoe-sucking mud and bog. And the hills were just as tough. But the sun came out half-way through and it was positively balmy at the finish.
I was lucky enough to win my age category (M60)(first time ever!) due to a judicious sprint at the finish. Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: Great Christmas cross country race In full: Great race, well organised with an excellent atmosphere. Bit of a muddy run around Tatton Park, so not one for your PB . Date of review: December 7, 2014