In short: Getting there! In full: This is my 2nd year attending this race.First off,I much prefered last years course layout and start on the fields.It made for a much more relaxed atmosphere instead of the post apocalyptic scenery of the salt mine.Not many places to relax or sit back before the chilly start.The rotten weather exacerbated this new start location.The course is another one of those that can easily ruin your road shoes unless they are made of sturdy stuff.Trail shoes would probably work best despite the bits of road included..Although the instructions sent out beforehand clearly stated that Tshirts could be collected before the race, I had to argue the toss with one of the staff to get mine.This saved waiting around in next to nothing after the race.So why state this in the first place? My Garmin said the distance was almost a 10th of a mile longer than 10k. This needs sorting for next year.Serious runners know exactly what time difference this can make..The goody bag was pretty good.T Shirt quality was great but far too small for a size Large..Atmosphere, generally very good with friendly chatty runners all looking forward to the event.Marshals were encouraging.The results didnt take long to be published and thats a plus these days...I do not know If I'll do this again but with a bit of work it can become better.Queues! Well enough has been said about those already...7/10 Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: A great route, im in for next year In full: This was my 2nd year at this event, the route was altered from last year, as there were complaints that the route was longer than a 10K. This year my run tracked at 6.05 miles, hopefully thats an issue with my phone that tracked the run.
As other have stated, the queues were worrying to see 30 mins before the start of the race, though everyone was on the start line a couple of minutes before the race was due to start. I did notice however a great contrast in the setup from August 2011 to yesterday, last year seemed to be more family orientated, I do wonder why the race wasn't scheduled for August this year. In an email I received before the event, about next years event being more "family orientated", so this concern looks to be on the radar already which is good to see, the event is 2 years old, so will hopefully adapt to what runners and the organisers want to see.
The goody bag was good, the running tee is great . The weather couldn't be helped, but at least it helped cool me down :) Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Scenic and extremely friendly 10K! In full: As mentioned there was a bit of a backlog with the numbers and chips but to be fair the organisers quickly re-organised and got things sorted to start on time. Lovely scenic, undulating course, clear km markers and encouraging marshalls made for a very enjoyable run. Would definitely do again. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Long queues for numbers & chips threatened to wreak havoc but the organizers stepped in and got things moving so that the race started on time. Great course which is what matters. Only in its 2nd year, can only get better, would run again. In full: When I saw the size of the queues for race numbers and timing chips just half an hour before the scheduled start time, my heart sank. But to be fair to the organizers, they quickly adapted and got the queues cleared so that the race was able to start on time. Just over 400 runners and a good mix of abilities made for a convivial atmosphere. The weather could have been better but even that couldn't detract from the glorious autmun scenery once the race got going and you were out into the forest. The course and scenery are definitely this race's top selling point. The rain made the footing slippy in places but this is clearly advertised as a multi-terrain race so that is to be expected. There are a couple of challenging undulations in the first half and a final little rise towards the end but apart from that it's relatively flat, especially alongside the canal. My only gripe is the final few hundred metres which wind around the salt mine car park then around the site itself. The twists and turns made it difficult to put on that final sprint to the finish. Perhaps the course could be tweaked again next year. Overall though I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I would do this race again. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Organisation lacking in places but a great run for all abilities In full: After a confusing and not very well sign posted drive to the car park there was chaos getting race numbers / chips and I, along with many others couldn't see how the race would actually start on time! However, the volunteer staff acknowledged the problems and worked hard to alleviate the problems best they could.
At the start line a nice, but somewhat shivery group gathered and as a seasoned (yet not very quick runner) it was nice to see a clear mixture of abilities as opposed to the usual sea of club runners. The route was charming, with plenty to see and different terrains to keep you focused and motivated. The marshalls were very helpful, alerting to possible hazards and shouting encouragement. Not the best course if your going for that illusive pb as the course is undulating and was muddy/slippy in places but all in all a great race and nice to run alongside other high spirited, happy athletes. Will definately enrol again next year and recommend to others :-) Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Excellent race but a few things to sort for next year In full: This was only my 3rd race and i really enjoyed it, it was abit confusing getting race numbers/chips and this should perhaps be done at the same time instead of queuing for your number and then having to join a second que for the chip - wasn't a massive problem but needs to be sorted for next year. The marshalls were all very friendly and helpful.
The route itself is really good and i will certainly be attending next year Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Nice route, quite fast, expensive! In full: Only the second time this has been staged and the first time I've entered as a local lad. What put me off last year was the price, not VFM in my opinion, but I did it this year out of necessity to kick start my training again.
For a small race it was unecessarily chaotic at the registration with baffling queues for numbers and then chips. A minor gripe but this is the one thing that the organisers need to sort out for next year - to be fair they recognised that with a pre-race announcement.
Other than that, the route is very pleasant and rather quick albeit mostly off-road running.
A nice mix of people who looked like they were in it for fun and I'd say well done to the organisers and volunteers - listen to the feedback and improve where necessary. The price is also over-inflated which will definitely put people off. It's a local 10k not an event half marathon! If it means cutting down on goodies then do so - I reckon most people would only really value a running tee anyway.
Good to see a Winsford race back in the calendar...thanks. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Great day, it was my 1st 10K, can't wait for next year In full: There were issues, but that's to be expected. I thoughrougly enjoyed the morning and was able to sprint the last 200m, which I very very pleased with. The weather played its part too. Date of review: August 30, 2011
In short: Nice route but organisers need to improve for future years. In full: 15-20 minute technical issue at the start but let's be fair, that can be excused. 10.4km race labelled as a 10k, inexcusable. Just call it Run Winsford if you want to vary the distance. No KM markers...why? A few marshals lacked common sense "which way marshal!?", water bottles screwed and capped didn't exactly help. Goodie bag for an £18 race was poor, lump of salt and a load of flyers, thanks. Plus out of 600 photographs of 225 runners, I featured once. All constructive criticism. Date of review: August 29, 2011