In short: Poorly organised start, although the marshalling and organisation around the course was very good. In full: This was a good challenging course. I will definitely be coming back, although it is advised to arrive early and get out of the sports hall while you can or you will miss the start. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: That horse is not white! In full: Excellent race, that made me smile once it was finished! Freezing cold and very windy with suspicious smelling mud as soon as you enter the fields! I feel like I earned my t-shirt - it was not given - OK! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: A little disorganised at the start, would recommended any first timer to give it a go. In full: Good Flat course, Ideal for a quick time. Good value for £9:00 which included a T shirt and medal, shame there was no drink at the finish, other than that will do next year. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: I live in Lostock so this race was a must. There is something satisfying being able to run in familiar territory. In full: I did this in 53.55, a PB for me. Ive been on a high all day. The last organised race I did was the Manchester Bupa 10k, last year,which I did in 1 Hour 9mins. This race really showed where I am up to with my training.It wasn't easy as those hills are a great test of stamina especially after 4 miles.I even managed a sprint finish! Definately do this again next year. Everyone I met in the course was really friendly. Thank you Marshalls! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Only disappointment - was the whinging at the end!! In full: Yes - a mistake was made with the route Yes - there were a lot of roadworks and possible bottlenecks as a result Yes - it was cold
Personally, I really enjoyed this race - It would have been nice to have run the measured course - but the fact that the organisers, and expecially the Race Director (who must have felt his whole world caving in today) recognised the error - ensured that it was the same for everyone and thereby ensuring that it was a legitimate race - and have undertaken to make it as right as they can in the circumstances - is just brilliant. It's a great course - I obliterated my PB on it today - even at the 13.6 - 13.7 miles that it turned out to be! So the corrected time (Thanks for doing that David) is just ACE!!! I'll certainly be back!
Oh - and being able to run events like this is a privilege, not a right.
As I said - the REAL disappointment, was the bellyaching!
To err is human, Getting all shirty about it.... is just Rude
In short: My first organised event and it was excellent ! Marshalls were very friendly and im sure it was them that got me through the last few miles ! Excellent timing and distance for FLM training !!!! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Well Run, Great Route, Brilliant Marshalls and fantastic tea and cakes at the end!! In full: Route was fab it had a few hills but the scenery was great, the marshalls were everywhere you want them to be during a very cold race, and the reception at the end was well worth the effort. Huge thank you for the marshalls who stayed put even when it was soooo cold!! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Windy and undulating In full: The wind was hideous - we can blame the local farmers for a lack of hedgerows that might have provided a modicum of shelter - but satisfying to get round. And i agree on the bag retrieval - first class Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Good event marred by mile marker problems, i.e. one was shorter ad another was longer than a mile and mile 9 marker not present. Worth doing though as it's fairly fast and has PB potential ! In full: Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: What can i say we are all human!!! and things do go wrong!!! In full: It is a shame that so many of you had a terrible time, I personally thought that it was not to bad, and the furthest I have ever run!!!!!! Runners who have been to races and had hot drinks before- please come forward and let me know!!! as that is a new one to me!!!! Any body wanting to run this in future years for fun or training for the LFM - it is like any other LONG DISTANCE!!! A LONG WAY!!!!
In short: Great race - if it was without the intense wind! In full: Like everyone - the steep section of the hill at mile 3 was quite unexpected! A great race good organisation and lots of friendly support. But......... I have never run in wind that strong and hope to never do it again! Date of review: February 26, 2006