In short: Lovely run In full: I don't think the age group is fair 15-39 that's a big gap compared to the vet age groups. Running against young athletes is a challenge and unfair for someone of my age in the 30-34 age group. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Nice flat scenic course. In full: Lovely course, and flat! felt a bit for the organisers at the beginning, when Nuffield Health failed to arrive at the start, for the warm-up. Luckily one of the runners took on the job, and did a good job too! Organisation of the start was a bit hit-and-miss, no starting pens, and as the start snaked around the market square it was difficult to see if you were too close to the front, thereby holding up faster runners behind, as it was quite congested for the first few miles. (the course measurement had to be adjusted to allow for road works, so this didn't help matters, and that was no fault of the organisers). Tannoy instructions hesitant, half-hearted and repetitive, no motivational geeing-up, which is what was needed! Teething troubles, for this first RBK half, next year it'll be spot on! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Good day out In full: Some of this was amazing, immediate text results, a t-shirt I'd happily pay for to train in and brilliant set up at SportsCity for families made for a great atmosphere and a bargain price. Course was grim once you got away from the stadium/athletics centre and not completely flat, with some sneaky little turns in it. Start was a bit crowded and would have benefitted from waves/pens. The kids run was a bit of a let down after the very, very long wait as what seemed like half the field got prizes. The Great Manchester Run use this location for their Mini/Junior Runs and they're so much better. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Fast, flat and cheap - what more do you want? In full: Signed up on the back of the We Love MCR 10k as it was cheap, then read the terrible reviews of previous years. What a pleasant surprise. MediaCity is a good place for start/finish and it was pretty well organised. Course is flat and deceptively quick despite a few turns here and there. Good medal, good t-shirt (not quite as good as the We Love MCR, which is the best I've had and a training favourite), and a rubber duck to boot. Good support at the start and end and interesting enough course given this is largely in Salford Quays/Trafford Park and not everyone has my fondness for the gritty industrial North. If you want 'scenery' look up Salford on Google first. Definite PB potential for the casual runner(got one, but a first sub 50, so not 'fast' by any means) and plenty of first timers, so not daunting, despite some fast club runners. Would have been perfect but for times being slow coming through on both text and the terribly located and tiny screen in MediaCity - it's MediaCity, the bit with a telly involved should easy? Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Love it! In full: After a five year break from running, chose what was once my first 10k to get back into the swing and it was a great choice. Manchester is a wonderful city and you get all sides of it here, with mixture of old and new and the grit and glamour of the scenery and the people. Organisation is slick given the sheer numbers, support good (despite the Mancunian weather) and like a festival atmosphere. It's pretty much flat and so wide that dodging the more 'optimistic' runners isn't much of a problem. Could make some improvements, medals could be better for a race of this type/size - Run for All have nailed this. Again value for money affected by the goody bag this year which was terrible, tech t-shirt is a welcome improvement on some years ago, but a 1lb bag of uncooked rice??? A cheap Asda fake Mars or a banana would do the trick. If you're looking at shaving a few seconds off a hard fought PB, probably not the place> If you want a well supported run in a great city location, sign up now! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: First half, overall quite happy In full: Previously been a 5/10k runner, but decided to make a low key step up. For others in that position who don't mind a bit of undulation, it was nice and cheap without having to run the gauntlet of a club run with 'proper' half runners or struggle with pacing in a massive field. If you know Rochdale, you won't be expecting stunning vistas, but they made the most of the canal, Hollingworth Lake and the splendid Town Hall as the start/finish. Water was perfect, sports caps, small bottles, well positioned. Banana at the end was very welcome, much better than some gravel-like energy bar. Nice tech t-shirt. Generally, better than I anticipated as the organisation seemed haphazard with desperate pleas for marshals a couple of weeks before. The canal was an issue as the front pack of slower runners (we set off first) crossed at narrow points with the elites as they were just settling in to a rhythm, felt a bit like a moving obstacle for them. Public access to canal/lake bits of the route was a mixed bag, provided some support which was generally lacking, but there was a tiny minority of dog walkers/cyclists who might have been a bit more willing to share the space. Real lack of marshals at a key point where 10k and half were running in opposite directions, probably slowed me down as I started to worry I was on the wrong course. Medal was terrible, genuinely worse than my 5 year old son gets from kids fun runs! P.S. Not entirely traffic free and multi-terrain is slightly overstating, it's predominantly tarmac. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: A beauty In full: As fast and flat as they claim. Lots of running on the Tarka trail which has a smooth tarmac surface and follows the river making it scenic. Unusual to be allowed run inside Chivenor Royal Marines base. Support was superb and there were lots of drink stations also offering Blackberry vodka and squashes. Loads of food too - cakes and pastries, jelly babies, fresh orange quarters and wedges of watermelon. Superb effort, much appreciated. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Great medal, nice day, too many niggles In full: A lot good about this, the event village (despite the whingeing below) was good and kept our kids (5 and 7)occupied while I ran and we all filled the long wait for the mini runs. Medals are always great at RFA events and does justify the higher price, kids ones were great too. York is a lovely city and support was generally good and not obtrusive. Essentially a great family day out. As a run though, too many niggles that will probably mean I don't come back in what is a crowded calendar. Route - too many switchbacks (two in the last km when there's a racecourse right there?!), parked cars on route, 'bouncy' bridge over the river and spectators all over the place at that spot. A couple of tight turns with, albeit very short, steep incline/declines on poor surfaces too. Access to the car park should have been separated from the final switchback too, there were runners dodging pushchairs on the course. Coming back for the Yorkshire 10 Mile, but did what I should have done with this and checked out the course first. Fine for beginners, but for the switchbacks, which I imagine would demoralise in equal measure as they niggled me. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: A friendly well organised event In full: This is the 3rd year I made the long drive from Aberystwyth so that must say something . A great event which the locals support enthusiastically . Ideal for beginners or experienced runners who want to enjoy the "Ealing Feeling" Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Once more with (Ealing) feeling...another great race. In full: I've run EHM all five times: it started out great and gets a little better ever race (I wish I could say the same for my times!). The expected excellent organisation and great atmosphere thanks to the volunteers and crowds, but what I noticed more than ever this year is the way the community has embraced it. Someone posted a complaint on a local Facebook group about a traffic holdup (in fact, despite rather nightmarish logistics of closing down 13 miles of roads in a London suburb for a morning, real problems are very few and far between), and it was overwhelmed by a huge flood of responses, mostly from people who are not regular runners, completely positive about what an amazing community event it is - Ealing has really taken EHM to its heart.
In short: Well organised, friendly and challenging 10k trail run In full: Sharon Bryan and the team from Hatch Warren Runners did a fab job with this inaugural run. It was well organised with a great atmosphere. The terrain was challenging without being gruelling and the sun shone pretty much the whole way after a night of rain. Will definitely sign up again. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Fast, flat course, excellent organisation and enthusiastic marshalls In full: This is the second time I've run the Barnstaple HM. The weather was a little windy this year, but the rain more or less held off so conditions were pretty good for it. The course is flat (some undulation coming out of Fremington Quay and along the road before rejoining the Tarka Trail) and great PB potential. It ran smoothy and all the marshalls were enthusiastic and gave words of encouragement as we went past. Quite a few locals on the route too, although the 5 miles or so back along the Tarka trail was mentally tough as there was no support and it seems to stretch on forever. Nice medal at the end, and the T shirt was given out before the race and is technical and a decent female fit. Definitely a race I'll put in my diary for each year - especially as I got a PB! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Superb organisation for a community led event In full: The good folk of Ealing have a gem of a race snaking through their streets & parks that they should truly feel proud of.
The organisation is seamless and the volunteers both knowledgeable and helpful. I love that the local community comes out in force to cheer on the runners, with some of the churches along the route manning water stations.
Easily my favourite race of the year and long may it continue. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Lovely race, except for the hill at the end In full: Lovely stroll along the coast but a huge hill at mile 12.5 that is a sprint finish killer. May well do it next year. Date of review: September 26, 2016