In short: Enjoyable for atmosphere alone but forget any chance of a PB In full: Maybe more start waves is the answer to this many people on a course that narrows from dual carriageway to a small path. It's great that all abilities take part, but why do those who intend to walk all the way want to start in the first wave?! I must have run 12k with all the dodging and weaving around walkers from the first k. Good atmos and crowds. Nice t-shirt and medal but goody bag just full of flyers. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Good, quick course but poorly organised start In full: Second time I've done this and I ran a pb so I like the course, especially the finish in the stadium. However, the start is poorly organised, the marshalls need to be more directive with such a large amount of competitors. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: shame about the baggage area not being secure otherwise another good morning racing. In full: 2nd time i'd competed in this race course better than last year only other fault was waiting like a herd of cattle to collect water and hand in chip etc. Apart fraom that managed a p.b. fantastic! Even the kids joined in by completing in the funrun Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: A very well organised race. In full: Cannot fault the race organisers at all. Everything seemed to run fine.
I am though frustrated though at the number of people who join the orange wave with no intention of running it. Made worse by those who decide to run together blocking the path of more serious. At one point there was a team of about ten blocking even the widest part of the road, what it must have been like with this lot when the road/path was narrower I can only imagine! Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Great course, choke points were a challenge! In full: If only the bridge could be adapted and the gates removed this would be a top notch course - as it is its a race with something to challenge everyone - really really enjoyed it! Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Wonderful race for first timers! In full: Shame that so many people want to moan about the 'walkers'. This event raises millions for charity, and the atmosphere between all the charity participants was fantastic! Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Good event, well marshalled, shame about the start. In full: Too many groups of slow runners at the front of the first (fast) wave. Needs some sort of marshalling to move them back before there is an accident. Especially those holding hands.
Apart from that, the marshalls, police and all other helpers do a great job. Not the most exciting scenery but not difficult running. A shower as well as a water station in a 10k was a good surprise.
No doubt will be back to make it 4 of 4 next year. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: REALLY enjoyed it! In full: very enjoyable race, excellent organisation (even though the start was delayed by 15min.) V.enthusiastic support from the locals and a spectacular scenery at the top of ally pally. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: simply great ! In full: Despite the muddly slow start through the woodland , found myself getting faster on the second half as the last 3 are more down than up. Great atmosphere. Enjoyed this as much as compton 20
In short: great place, good weather, (delayed start possibly due to increase in entry,) overall good organisation. In full: popularity growing therefore a couple of bottle necks due to one track path and stile but this did give you a breather! Missed the water station at the top and the steel band playing and the mile markers. But overall a great off road race set in superb surroundings. maybe more people entered than anticipated causing the start to be delayed. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Great fun, lovely atmosphere not one for your PB though In full: This is second year that I have done the Manchester Run and it was the race that turned me into a runner. I love this event, it has a special place in my race calender. Better wave starts this year but still a lot of walkers. A "Great Manchester Walk" a week before would be a great idea. Date of review: May 23, 2005