In short: Fast two lap course on roads, well marshalled, PB potential and semi rural so prettier than the words "bypass" may suggest. In full: Managed to post a very decent (for me) time in my first 10 mile race thanks to a very smooth course. It has some slight undulations but is mainly flat and run along suburban roads and the side of a bypass. Thanks to all the marshalls making it possible to run safely with the traffic - very nicely done. And thanks to the organisers for making hot drinks/soup etc. available at the school which serves as the start/finish/changing point. Much needed on a foggy morning in West Lancashire. More scenic than I expected as the roads are passing through semi-rural farmland type scenery. The odd worm hazard as they tried to slither across footpaths on a damp morning - but only hazardous to the poor worms! Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: Quick In full: Despite a relatively small number of runners – 387 – parking was a little awkward and we had to cross a dual carriageway to reach the event. The scenery was nothing special, a 2 lap route around a semi-rural housing estate and along the afore mentioned carriageway. And the only “prize” for finishing was a mug. But the big plus point for this race is that it’s so flat and quick a PB is a easily possible, so much so that about a dozen from my club - myself included - did achieve PBs! I don’t think I’ll be entering this again in 2011 though, I’ll try other locations instead. Date of review: January 26, 2011
In short: Flat out PB Course In full: Not a pretty course but this is a dream for those chasing a PB, (cock up on the first lap not-withstanding). Apart from a railway bridge to cross, there is barely an incline on this flat, fast course and the majority of runners seemed rto be set on a fast time. Brilliant marshalling over the few road crossings helped to keep the rythym up. The finishers mug is a nice touch too: bright red with the race details on it. Soup available at the end was welcome on such a fresh day too! Got a PB this year and will be back for more next year. Date of review: December 13, 2010
In short: Quick course raced by lots of very good runners In full: My ratings are a mix because I like this race but there was a cock-up which affected my result and this surprised me from an event and a club (Preston) with good reputations. I thought we`d been sent a wrong (longer) way on the first lap and that fear proved founded resulting in me missing a PB by a few seconds. Disappointing outcome on a perfect day for racing.
In short: perfect morning for this race. In full: WELL DONE TO THE ORGANISERS,MARSHALLS ETC,the parking,collection of numbers,info etc all spot-on.First class weather to do this double loop race.Good turnout,plenty club runners. First 10 miler for me so it was a p.b. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Definitely one of the best 10-mile races in the North West In full: Really enjoyed this one.... ..excellent pre-race instructions and map ..easy to get to and easy parking ..good facilities at Race HQ ..well organised ..supportive marshalls ..safe and fast course I'll be back next year. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Well organised race In full: This was a very well organised race right from pre-race parking to marshalling during the race and friendly atmosphere after. The momento in the shape of mug is a nice touch.
A special thanks to the marshalls who kept the flow of runner going despite car traffic in places.
As for PB? I cut 8 minutes off my prevous of 74.
Where's next year's entry form? Date of review: November 18, 2009