In short: Excellent Race - as ever In full: Fab race - great organisation; superb marshals; a couple of challenging hills. Even saw some sun this time (well, a little bit). All done with a quirky sense of humour and great enthusiasm. Will be back, even though I was a couple of minutes slower than last year (coming back from injury). Date of review: December 10, 2012
In short: Come on Tony lad! In full: The only thing that puzzles me is where were the 250 people that entered and didn't turn up. They missed a real treat. Best race in the world. Date of review: December 10, 2012
In short: Fabulous race - can't think of anything to not like! In full: Well organised race. The hill at 5.5 miles was a bit sneaky - we knew it was coming but there was a flat bit in the middle that fooled you into thinking that you'd conquered it...and then it slapped you with an even steeper bit! The so called hill at 8 miles is not as daunting - more like running up someone's driveway (albeit a half mile long driveway!) but caught out a few unsuspecting first timers.
Long sleeved tech shirt was a nice touch (given the time of year; shows that somebody put some thought into this!) and there's not much you can say about the goody bag - you probably wouldn't believe what was in it anyway! (Worms? See, I said you wouldn't believe it!) For anyone who did pick one up and is still confused - read the comic!
Bit of a hiccup with the wrong times being sent via text message - which was a shame as I got mine less than 5 minutes after crossing the line! The 'official' times were up on the website in the afternoon - something even the biggest events don't always manage!
All-in-all, a great event and one that's already in next year's diary. Date of review: December 10, 2012
In short: Fab Fab Fab! In full: Such a fun race and gets better every year! Great organisation friendly enthusiastic marshals , now chip timed and names on numbers mean even more cheers from spectators :) to top it off I got a PB by 6 mins :) bring on Stockport 10 2013!! Date of review: December 9, 2012
In short: Still one of the world's great races In full: The weather's not always great, the scenery's nothing to write home about, and the hills aren't easy. But the unique atmosphere, the surreal and special touches, the incredible warmth and sense of humour, and the brilliant, supportive marshals and other volunteers make this one of the best races in the UK and quite probably in the whole world. Year after year, the feedback is staggering. An amazing event. Date of review: December 9, 2012
In short: superb race In full: This gets better every year. loved the rocket at the start, Chariots of fire to Benny Hill music as mentioned.Marshals were a credit to the club.Nice touch having names on numbers. Chip timing seamed to be wrong but soon corrected. Great T-shirt ,goody bag with radiator key??ruler ,meal worms.etc.A pb of 3 mins off last year made it an enjoyable morning and worth the trip .The course literally goes round the houses but is so varied it passes by in a flash. got 3 coffees at the end-£1.35. Bargain. no complaints at all. Date of review: December 9, 2012
In short: Superb event, brilliant organisation and incredible atmosphere. In full: Brilliant on so many levels this is a must do race, much as I hate to admit, this race has it all (I want to do it again so dont want to encourage anyone....Oh yes, the goody bag is tat!Where do the marshalls get there enthusiasm (should all be motivational trainers). Tony the compere can only be described as one in amillion and his humour is infectious! Will have to enter early cos I just have to be back again, oops forgot to say New PB (thank you Stockport!!!!) Date of review: December 9, 2012
In short: Good fun, but tough on the legs. In full: Really good atmosphere. Was my first club-organised race (as opposed to a mass participation one) so I was nervous but my fears of elitism were unfounded. Yes, the field does significantly thin out after the 8min-8min30 milers so if you're a slower runner (like me!) it might get a little lonely but there was still loads of support and the volunteers were second to none. The t-shirt alone is worth it surely? Great race to end the year with. Date of review: December 9, 2012