In short: Well organised, beginner friendly race. In full: Well organised, if only they could sort out the people walking at the start of the first wave! Marshalling first class, great crowds and atmosphere. Good run to see the sights of Manchester, but could do without having to run past "Glazer Stadium". Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: A flat fast course In full: Definitely good if you don't like hills as the course has an elevation range of just a few metres. Thought one or two of the busy junctions (like the mini-roundabout in Soham) could have benefited from been marshalled. You have to cross a railway crossing which might be bad news if there is a train coming! A rather long stretch along a busy 'A' road near the end, but otherwise quite attractive scenery. Bit disappointed that prizes were only given to category winners. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Enjoyable 1st run In full: This was my first race and I didn't really know what to expect. Great day out but I felt a little cheated that I may have bettered my 53mins if so may people were'nt walking. Perhaps they should have a seperate lane for walkers or have a 'Gt Manchester Walk' the week before. Overall good 1st Experience though. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Good mass participation race, but maybe getting a bit *too* big? In full: Three out of three runs of the GMR for me - this year there were loads of slow runners or even walkers in the supposedly 'fast' first wave which slows things down, but I enjoyed it once I got out in the open though. Nice route, good finish & water station organisation, bit expensive but I'll be there again next year. Reading other comments I thought there were *more* spectators this year actually ... Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Disappointing route, feels like the organisers missed something. In full: Disappointing route, 1 1/2 times round the football pitch then out onto the Trent Embankment - hurray, but no - the route then runs along the road, down some scrubland then steeply up a cycle track to run alongside the 7 lane dual carriageway of the outer ring road. Down underneath then through a housing estate and back to the school. Can't help thinking the route should use more of the Embankment. Won't do it again. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Start time too early . Found route a bit boring . Organisation of expected finishing times at start a bit poor , don't think anyone took any notice of them . would liked to have run some of the race through the city centre Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Excellent race, well organised In full: First time I'd done this one and really enjoyed it. Impressed by organisation but agree with other comments on non-secure baggage area. Being close to station it could be ideal for those from Nottingham, Long Eaton etc to get there by train but need good baggage areas in this case. Route was a bit twisty and the narrow bit between the bus station and the courts was unfortunate (and not very well marshalled) so faster runners had to squeeze past the masses going in the other direction. All in all a good day out, nice t-shirt and chip timing too. Date of review: May 23, 2005
In short: Half Marathon: Why oh why haven't I done this before? In full: What an amazing event!!! I remember reading about the marathon years ago and thinking I'd like to do it one day, and I one day I will. This year I was only able to take part in the Half.
The organisation was excellent - everythng was where and what we'd been led to expect or better (ie 3 water stations on the half when we'd been told there would only be 2). Some of the later mile markers were either missing or not prominent enough but that would be my only gripe, and as someone who wears a Garmin GPS I knew where I was anyway.
The course was well marshalled and the marshals were cheerful, encouraging and friendly.
The start seemed a little bit crowded (quart into a pint pot was the phrase that sprang to my mind) but the size of the field was just right and we soon spread out.
The course looked to be uphill for most of the first 7 miles if not further and yet my split times, and my legs, told me otherwise . . so there's some sort of optical illusion going on there.
I loved the steep downhill sections and just raced down the middle, watching very carefully where I was going as I hurdled the kerbstones laid across the middle of the path.
The scenery was just breathtaking and I can't wait to get back and see more of it. It more than made up for the lack of support along the way although there was a hard core of supporters driving just ahead of us who appeared at several points cheering their respective runners on.
I've done a lot of races this year and enjoyed almost all of them but this one goes to the top of the pile and it's going to take a very special event to dislodge it.
Very many thanks to all concerned at Matlock AC, their friends, families and supporters. Date of review: May 23, 2005