In short: Well organised, flat, but more than 5 miles? In full: Shame about the wind! Pancake flat making it a definite for PBs. A little confusing at the start as to how far it was from the leisure centre to the start line having not done the race before.
Possibly innaccurate measurement? Garmin measured 5.08m, and looking on map my run website, where I have marked the start and finish points taken from my garmin (yes its a bit geeky!), it measured there as 5.18m. Whilst none will be as accurate as a Jones wheel counter, neither will be far off. The extra distance on mapmyrun will be due to not taking each corner at the apex I guess, but the satellite points will be pretty darn accurate for the start and finish line. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Well supported race , well organised but no chip timing. In full: Fast and flat course on closed roads through town. Ideal race to set a pb, no hills. A little congested at the start but only for 100 yards or so then its fine. ample parking and plenty of marshalls. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: Same as last year....and the year before.....and the year before In full: Same problems as every year - it will never change. Still the problems with the start, still have to move to the side several times to let cars past despite organisers telling us to be on the start 5 mins early. Still not chip-timed. Still drinks scooped out of a plastic bin full of squash/water (didn't check to see what it was - probably taste of the chemicals anyway). Haven't spotted any spelling mistakes on the t-shirt this year. 4 seconds added to my finish time.
The race itself was fine. Marshalls do a good job and a few of them actually shouted words of support. The local support was as good as ever, even with the bad weather. Alsager council could do with sorting out the potholes in the road. I saw a few people almost go over on their ankles. Despite the usual problems which I now just find amusing, I will still be back next year. Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: PB potential, expensive race. In full: 290 mile round trip for me, always fancied doing this race since I started in 1981! I have organised many races over the last 25 years, so I am aware of what is involved, kudos to the organisers, all smooth, from the car parking to T shirt collection. Quick results too.
Managed to start near the front, so no issue there, for those further back, perhaps a problem to see the actual start line.
I do think it is overpriced though, I would expect bottled water at the finish nowadays and perhaps chip timing. Decent prize list, my wife picked up £30 of vouchers for 1st F60, very welcome, many races do not do vets prizes in that depth. A lot of comments on Garmins on forums etc. please do not expect your Garmns to be 100% accurate, I have measured courses for 20+ years, I use one as a guide, they very rarely agree with the actual course measurers figures. Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: Too crowded for a 5 mile race without chip timing In full: Wasn't easy to see how far away I was from the start line (or to see the start line as I crossed it therefore unsure if I started my Garmin at the right point). Chip timing and/or time markers at the side of the road at the start would be a great help although I suspect the organizers want to keep costs down. On a less windy day this would have good PB potential. Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: Would have been really fast but for the wind In full: I would do this again but given the popularity of this race there are improvements that could be made. It could do with portaloos given the size of the field, however I was lucky I didn't have an issue myself- I found a loo upstairs in the leisure centre (past the bar, for future reference). The start wasn't quite as much of a nightmare as I was expecting but I think a race of this calibre ought to be chipped as it does take a while getting over the start line. There certainly ought to be some kind of penning according to predicted time. A few people measured the race as slightly over 5 miles (I made it 5.05) however I realise GPSs can be slightly out. Other than that- friendly organisers, good atmosphere and would have been really fast had it not been for that darn wind!! Date of review: February 6, 2011