In short: Best race in Stockport! In full: Long hills, dreary estates, main road traffic but it is really quite a laugh and a fine race that somehow rises far above the sum of its parts. Date of review: December 10, 2012
In short: Still the best race in the calendar, bar none In full: Another triumph for Stockport Harriers. The fun and surreal humour do not detract from the fact that the organisation is taken very seriously indeed.
The names on the bibs was a great idea (I was very nearly last and to have people cheer me on by name as I came back into the park was brilliant.)
The marshals are superb and plentiful.
How Tony Audenshaw keeps up a brilliant commentary for 3+ hours I have no idea. I think I am a tiny bit in love with him.
I don't know where Stockport Harriers go from here, because short of hiring Johnny Depp to rub me down afterwards, I'm not sure how this race can be improved.
In short: As good as I'd hoped for In full: Being a local runner I'd somehow missed this run up to now. However, I was determined to do it this year such that even the never ending winter cold did not stop me...and so glad it didn't. The scenery is not great but the actual route has enough to keep you interested. The Name, rather than number, on your chest is a great touch and really helps with the encouragement...the marshalls do not need much to make them provide comforting words. The t shirt was good for winter running and organisation overall superb. Well done Stockport. Date of review: December 10, 2012
In short: Always an enjoyable race. I've done it the last three years and loved it every time, definitely one of my favourite races of the year. Great atmosphere, friendly stewards, challenging course, and always some interesting stuff in the goodie bag! Date of review: December 10, 2012
In short: A great race with a challenging route and terrific organisation In full: Got to be one of the top races of the year. While the short, scenic rural section is sandwiched between two longer sections of housing estates, you do get to start and finish in 'world-famous Woodbank Stadium'. Great marshals and a terrific commentator in Tony Audenshaw and the most unique start to any race I've seen - a firework lit at the end of a lap with the Olympic torch to the Chariots of Fire theme. Great value and atmosphere. Not a PB for me, but my best time on this route. Date of review: December 10, 2012