In short: Street cleaners urgently needed in this part of Manchester! In full: Shouldn't complain as I cut 8 minutes off my time to crack 2 hours (1:57.04) BUT, no sign indicating the start until 15 mins before the start, last year's (different) map was little help. Runners were wandering around asking if anyone knew where the start was. Answer: on top of a car boot sale. I have never seen so many broken pavements, so much dog-fouling and other unattractive detritus even after years of running in London. Definitely wrong to describe this course as part-urban, part-rural. Only rural bits were the very attractive park at the end. Not enough water stops - glad I carried water. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: The third time I've run it..... and I'll be back again ! In full: This run has almost everything I look for. It is at the right time of year ... not too hot or too cold , it is about the right size ( lots of space to do your own thing without feeling you're running on your own ),almost flat course etc.I struggle to find any real fault with it , but,nit-picking , a little more spectator support out on the course would have been nice. Thanks to the organisers , marshalls ,drinks station helpers and others for a job very well done. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: whole day was made perfect by the forumites marquee - thanks BB and BD In full: hot and hilly but a great atmosphere plenty of support around much of the ocurse - superb scenery and the advantage of being a back marker is that we got to see the deer close to! Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Flatish, good views, fast, well-organized In full: I like this race. It's a series of six races, in fact, held on the first Sunday of each month from October to March every year. Signing up for the series costs a mere score, and it allows me to monitor my progression over the winter. Loos (with a queue) right by the start, the fliers go at the front, but there's plenty of room for not-so-fast runners further behind. Flawless marshalling, limited numbers, blinding. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Hills, heat and horrible water stations but a beautiful route In full: I was hoping for a good time following the Reading Half I did earlier in the year. The start was a bit of a squeeze and I lost a minute in the first mile, which meant I ran too quickly in the second and when I got to the first water station, struggled with the plastic cups. These are unbelievable for the money and with a water sponsor.
Hills galore put paid to me running the whole way, let alone hitting 1:48.
Parking was great, and the atmosphere good, so this is a run to enjoy yourself: don't worry about the time, admire the scenery, stop at the water stations and take it easy.
I think I might invest in a Camelbak if I decide to do this one again next year! Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: tough in places but great course In full: Really loved this course always something different to work at, downhills and of course the up. Great support and organisation , friendly atmosphere and top home straight. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Small friendly race In full: Small friendly race in warm conditions, however i lost 30 secs at the end as myself and a few others took the wrong turn just before the finish, apparently the marshall wen't awol. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Good weather good run In full: Expecting rain, but weather was ideal. Windmill hill and the hill by the field after the 9k were testing. All in all a nice race. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Enjoyable, well organised and interesting course In full: Who would have thought that the spectators would be in t-shirts and shorts at the end of September? Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: My first event - now I'm spoiled. A stimulating run in great weather through a beautiful park. The hill (x 2) was a great challenge and punctuated the run just nicely. Date of review: September 28, 2005
In short: Tough going cross county but rewarding In full: Ploughed fields and hills don't make this the easiest of runs, but once you're into your stride it's a winner. The course needs distance markers. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: As my 1st Race I realy enjoyed it In full: I know what the others mean about the lack of toilets, I got a severe case of beginners nerves just before the start and after queing had to run like mad to get to the start in time. I would like to thank sue 'whoever you are' for panting down my neck thus keeping me running flat out for the last 3 or 4 k's. I should be able to walk again very soon! see you all next year and i'm bringing my own portaloo. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: Great scenery. Dreadful organisation at the start. Friendly atmosphere. In full: A grey and chilly start but most people had smiles at the end - an achievement given the fact that the organisation of the race start was attrocious. Note to the organisors - on a cold day, give the low impact aerobics/speeches a miss (or at least limit it to 3 min) and let people enjoy the views on the running track. Date of review: September 27, 2005
In short: This is really a cross-country course, tough for beginners. In full: The course is mostly on grazed and uneven pasture in the parkland around Ragley Hall. Some of the course is through woodland, but on tracks suitable for the gamekeepers to get thier quad bikes, not for running. On the day of the race the ground was very dry, and the uneven underfoot conditions made this very testing to run on. I lost count of the number of times I turned my ankle or tripped on lumps of ground. There were some very testing hills, and these would ruin any chance of a PB. I don't want to sound elitist, but this is a charity fun run for those who want to jog round, finish and raise sponsorship money. If you treat it as that, it's a fine event. Date of review: September 27, 2005