In short: Fantastic race - great organisation and goodies and a course which is flat enough to be quick, but with a few hills for interest In full: Can't say enough about how good this race was. The organisation was great and there is good car parking and plenty of activities (farm shop stalls, bands etc.) to keep spectators happy whilst you are out on the course.
Good number of entrants (1200 this year) gives it good atmosphere and the marshalling was really competent, enthusiastic and friendly.
The course is all pleasant and interesting although not stunningly scenic (market town, canals, residential streets) and the lap of the Muller factory at half way is a nice touch. There are a few hills in the first 2 miles, but the gradient and length of the uphills is just enough to get you working without being two painful and the downs are gentle enough to really get some speed up.
Support was good in the town parts and the start / finish and reasonable elsewhere, but it was nice that in the residential areas the locals had turned out to watch and support (rather than complain about roads being closed!) as had some of the Muller workers.
The freebies are beyond generous (technical race shirt in choice of sizes, 12 muller yoghurts, rucksack with chocolate, crisps, lucosade sport) and puts much bigger races I have done to shame. Haven't spotted myself on the photos yet, but even the race photos seem to be free to download. Muller obviously get well involved in the sponsorship and the chief exec. was even running!
There is even a kids "fun run" event after the main race.
Downsides - spectating for people who go with you is really limited to the start and finish. Chip timing would be nice as the field is getting to the size where it can take you a good 30/40 seconds to cross the line after the gun.
Would definitely recommend it to anyone - great effort by the organisers! Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Well worth the trip In full: A very good race well organised & supported by Muller. A few minor issues due to the higher than expected turnout that i'm sure will be ironed out next year. I ran like a dog but will still travel the hour or so to be back again next year. Thanks Mr Beckett et al. Date of review: May 11, 2009
I traveled from Greenwich Maritime in Central London.I did around 180miles to get to Market Drayton.I was a first time runner and im very happy with the experience even after spending around 4 hours traveling each way. I emailed the Race Director 1 week before the race asking for information how to get there,accommodation and Mr.Tim Beckett sent to me all the information including prices. Excelent customer services.
In short: My first race and the yardstick to which all those that follow will be measured against. Thoroughly enjoyable event and I'll be back in 2010. In full: When I first started running for the sake of running and to enter some races, I chose this as my debut event because of the very positive remarks it received in earlier years. It met my expectations in all respects and made all of the training thoroughly worth while. The high standard of organisation, friendly staff and course marshalls, along with plenty of support along the route and onsite entertainment all came together to make this a special day. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Well organised, goodie bag was great, shame they ran out before everyone had f finished. However did promiset to send out t to runners who missed out. Lots for family to do whilst waiting. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: Fast course, great atmosphere, incredible value In full: My first time at the Muller 10k, but it won't be my last.
The course itself is nothing special - an out and back that takes in the Muller factory at half way - nor is the scenery. However, in every other way this event is superb; not least a goody bag in the form of a Muller backpack containing sports drink, choc, crisps, nut/seed prtein mix, plus a 'technical' T-shirt that's as good as the one I'll have to pay £15 for at next week's Windermere Marathon, plus a tray of Muller products. In addition, loads of activities and freebies to keep families entertained.
I've given this a 5 for organisation, which is well deserved, but there were a couple of minor issues caused by the increasing numbers who enter. The start was a little chaotic and slower runners missed out on some of the goodies.
Muller, both company and running club, are clearly very committed to this event. Well done to both! Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: More a running festival with a good race! Excellent day out. In full: A well organised and very frienly event with a great atmosphere. The organisers have made it family friendly with stalls, bands and local produce. A well run race to boot! Highly recommended! Date of review: May 10, 2009