In short: No water, lacking road closures & no goody bag just a t shirt in medium only. In full: There was no proper start line, resulting in a clump of people at the beginning. The main road was closed but not the side streets with few signs warning of the closure, meaning a few impatient drivers weren't being too friendly. There was one road where runners had to stop completely - a busy junction which hadn't been closed. Another disappointment was that at the end there was no water left, people had been allowed to take more than one bottle. This was worrying as it was a warm day. The goody bag simply contained a t shirt. Not worth the entry. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Enjoyable course with a killer hill! In full: I really enjoyed this race, it was for the most part fairly flat - apart from the steep climb up New Zealand Road at around 8k - and I still managed a PB. There was a good number of runners, and lots of encouragement from the locals who came out to cheer us along on some of the residential streets along the route. The one thing I think could really improve this race would be a bit more going on at the start and finish to improve the atmosphere. Getting some music going, and a bit of commentary with the usual time-checks etc in the build up to the start, would have livened things up. And give the starter a megaphone, poor bloke had to stand on a wall and shout! Having said that, I will definitely do this race again, if only to see if I can conquer The Hill at a faster pace than this year! Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Good - but flaws as first timer In full: Echo comments above. Many mistakes made beforehand with confusing flyer having no link to online entry and until last minute no on the day entry. Race day - not sure there is a need to register if they already have our name and number, plus different location? Must be sovled next time. Course was ok, very suburban, up and downs but 'stunning scenery' is just silly false advertising. Marshalls ok, please give out the water not just stand there! Also water at end is essential. Will do again as its close to my house! Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: should grow and grow with Stockport's rapidly expanding running community In full: Hats off to lifeLeisure and Stockport Council for taking a risk with this. Closing roads is a gamble. Brilliant for the first time its been run. I loved the variety in the route and fact it started and finished in town centre -very accessible for out of towners coming by train. Marshalling was excellent. Great for 10k first timers. Very friendly. Long may it continue Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Really enjoyed it In full: Really good for the first event - plenty of marshals and a good mix of first timers and experienced runners so no-one felt left out. Running up the A6 and not dodging traffic was a treat! Good varied course, hilly but not as bad as it could have been, and I actually got a PB so it's now my favourite 10k of all time! Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Good first race In full: Well organised for the first year. Plenty of marshalls at various points. I enjoyed the route especially the end through the market and down to Debenhams. Minor gripes at the start the announcer said wouldn't be setting off for a while then before you knew it the gun went off! (Think this was down to not being able to hear Gannon's speech). As has been said wasn't expecting much in the goody bag but a drink would have been nice. Overall though really enjoyed the race and wil definitely be back next year Date of review: September 23, 2012
In short: Congratulations due for well planned inaugural race In full: It had the feel of a "big race" with a town centre start and finish and closed roads. (The route to the finish was very good IMO.) Definitely has potential to be a much bigger race. I liked the course even though it was quite tough. Well done on your first go at this.
Possible improvements. Although there were plenty of marshalls they often didn't give directions until asked. Drinks at the finish are a must really and a lot of goody bags didn't have any in them and there was no water station. If the race did get bigger the path over St Mary's Way would become a big bottleneck. Lastly the finish line is not visible until you are nearly at it - maybe it could be moved back a little?
Not related to the race as such, but the course uses some of the same route at the Stockport 10. I heard that some residents were a little irate that they could not get their cars out, and this could be become an issue when the Stockport 10 is run in December.
Overall a good first race. Date of review: September 23, 2012
In short: Excellent race, especially given the fact first time run. In full: Excellent race, especially given the fact that it was the first Lifeleisure 10K run. Friendly helpfull marshalls made this race, especially near the end of the race. Minor glitch was that the registration point had been changed at the last minute, but not a major issue. I'm sure it will be even bigger and better next year! Date of review: September 23, 2012