In short: Flat and fast, great for beginners In full: My first Great Manchester Run, and my first 10k. Whilst the long stretchs along the dual carriageway are flat and fast, they are also a little dull. More running around the Quay would make this event perfect! Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: I really liked this race - it is fab! In full: Good points - Lovely atmosphere. A strangly nice feeling to have, when someone overtakes you purely on the basis that they run so damn fast rather than you being knackered. Handicap race (slowest runners start first), so even though you think you are as slow as hell you may in theory be the first one over the finish line. However the important thing is to finish as close to your estimated time which I think is a brilliant idea.
Bad points - Scenery was a bit monotenous but that is the nature of racin the basin. I reckon there could have been a few more marshalls (I never liked the idea of sticking bits of paper with arrows in public places). Started late and it was a while before the winners of the race were announced after the finish meaning a lot of hanging around and getting very cold. Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: Good run but not a great race. In full: I have to agree with all the other comments too expensive, too many walkers etc. The organisers should give better advice to new runners on their expected times. Manchester deserves to have a great race as well as a good run. Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: brilliant race - came first in my age group In full: i love this race but do think price is high for 10k and think should change it to 10mile or half marathon - route could be a bit pleasanter though Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: This race marks a year of running for me so even though it has it's down sides, I still loved it! In full: With a year of training and a fair few half marathons, I managed to improve may time by over 20 mins. When I ran last year, I knew I was slow, I started at the back of wave 3, keeping over to one side and not running next to my wife as that would block others. I appreciate that this race should be for new comers, but I also appreciate that for some it is a race that you want to do well at. I think the two groups should be able to compete in the same race but with a bit of poor organisation/poor self control, it isn't really happening yet. On a side issue, my wife got kicked in the back by someone climbing over a barrier to push to the front of wave 3 nearly causing her to have to pull out. Also during the warm up we were trampled on by people again pushing to the front obviously not caring that we had queed up for the best part of an hour to get a decent spot! I was amazed that running from 1 min after the start of wave 3 I ran through a heck of a lot of whites and oranges, hard work but it made me feel good. Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: My first race and I enjoyed it - would do it again. In full: This was my first race. I walked about 4K of it. I estimated my time as 1hr 30 when entering and I was placed in the white wave. I did it in 1hr 23 mins so I estimated correctly.
I did find it overcrowded. In places I found it better to walk as I couldn't stretch my legs and run properly.
The start was a bit silly as we had to stand still and cold for 20 mins. I had a pain in my shoulder and a stitch about 1K into the race (this did not happend to me once whilst training as I was able to stretch and get warm properly).
Despite that I did enjoy the run and it has inspired me to continue running and to get better at it.
I did think the atmosphere was great and people were very friendly.
Oh and well done to the man who peed on the hubcap ( in the hedges) and threw it like a frisbee - NOT! Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: Great potential - but??? In full: Manchester has the potential to be a good, fast run but once again "runners" who could only hope for ~2 hours were holding up faster people because they had placed themselves in the wrong starting wave.
I saw people with orange numbers still on their way out as I was approaching 9K.
Please, assess your potential finish time honestly and run with the correct group!
I passed someone walking after only ~ 100 meters! Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: Gentle uphill start is a good warmup. Cruel downhill finish is hard on the toes In full: A fab race, definitely one to do again. Gentle uphill keeps your pace steady, but not steep enough to slow you down. Long flat stretch in the middle gives you a chance to stretch out. Cruel descents if your toes are sore by then. Friendly marshalls and supporters, plenty of water stations, and supprters can cycle alongside/just in front with no fear of road traffic Date of review: May 25, 2005
In short: Very Tough.A hard 12 stage relay race across the best countryside ever big hills and lots of mud,running twice in one day is hard race twice is tough definately do it again Date of review: May 25, 2005