In short: Great race In full: I loved the fact that this was mostly a trail run, although the bottle neck at footbridge was a bit of a problem and obviously impacted on a lot of people's pb's, but is that really what running is all about? The hill didn't bother me either; it was very steep but short so manageable for a novice like myself. The astmosphere was great, the marshalls were very supportive (despite the ipod situation which we received an email about after the event and is down to the UKAA, not the race organisers themselves), the goody bag at the end was brill and it was very well organised. Date of review: May 16, 2012
In short: Very well organised - impressive! In full: I really enjoyed this race! I was amazed by the organisation! There were free pre race massages, I was reassured by the large first aid presence and very encoraging marshalls. The weather was shocking on the day, but that can't be helped! The race was described as undulating, but there was only one hill ( which you visit twice) The finishing arrangents were great! I loved the little packets of midget gems and the t- shirts were super too! My only compliant is that the foot bridge thingi in the middle of the race caused a bottle neck which slowed everyone down. All in all a great race that I would be pleased to do again! Date of review: May 11, 2012
In short: Bolton 10K - taming the psycho-path! In full: Different course this year, and the infamous climb up Radcliffe Road was nowhere to be seen. Instead, a two-lap course almost entirely contained within Leverhulme Park provided the setting for the Bolton 10K.
It wouldn't be a race in Bolton without a tough hill somewhere, and the hill was quite steep but short. I felt the course was quite fast and flat, but the changes in surface (track to trail to cobble to tarmac etc.), the relative narrowness in places (especially turning into the only residential section of the course down a few steps) and the somewhat wet conditions made it somewhat tougher. Still, it seemed far easier to me compared to last year at least.
The calling out of names when coming into the finish was a nice touch and the more compact nature of the course meant there was more support all the way around. Also, the finish was well-organised with T-shirts, sweets and timing chips being given / taken away. Last year there was a bit of rummaging through boxes, so credit to the organisers for working on this.
As I said in the reviews last year, this is my local run. I think they've improved the organisation, but the new course is an acquired taste. It is fast and flat and a bit more dependent on the weather conditions in terms of really making a good time. If I hadn't had a problem with the chip ties I felt I could have ran very close to a personal best (did 46:03, so just under 45 seconds away).
Still, it's a good-value, accessible and most importantly fun event. It doesn't try to be anything else and long may it remain so.
See you on the starting line next year. Date of review: April 29, 2012
In short: What no music!!! In full: Telling people that they would be disqualified for wearing an ipod and then marshals shouting at people who still wore them was a bit OOT. Running is supposed to be fun and music can make it fun - let people have music if they want to, we can be sensible with it and listen to instructions! Route change to a trail run was unexpected and not to my liking, but I can see why some people would like it. Date of review: April 23, 2012
In short: Really Great race this year, can't wait till next! In full: Organisation was really good, I'd say better than last year but it always seems organised. The route changed again and the steep hills were both welcome and challenging. Not a flat 10k which a beginner might struggle with but it's better than plodding along.
This year we got actual tech t-shirts, whereas last year I felt jipped. Kinda wish there was a finishers medal as well- like the fun run, you can't have everything but for the price definitely worth it. Got a 10k PB today and very muddy- so worth it!
Can't wait till next year! Date of review: April 22, 2012
In short: Great organisation. Great race. In full: This is the first time I have run this race and hopefully it will not be the last. Friendly, well organised and apart from the weather a really enjoyable morning. It was tricky where it was muddy but overall it was a course that was not too strenuous. The stewards were great and they gave the runners a lot support.A great tech t-shirt which is always a bonus.I will be coming back over the hill from Yorkshire next year to do it again. Thank you and well done Bolton. Date of review: April 22, 2012