In short: Great for all levels and goody bag at end worth it! In full: I did this as a charity run and did a PB in it. It ran fast and flat and was good for all levels of runners. It seemed to be over in a flash. The scenery wasnt great but then again you cant expect that. Great support from spectators and well organised, though I didnt know where to go at the start but that was all solved quickly enough. Would do again and the t-shirt and goody bag was worth it in the end! Date of review: November 25, 2011
In short: Big race, big atmosphere, big fun In full: First time in this race for me and one I will definitely come back to. The atmoshphere was great and the route was interesting (once we'd got past "the football ground"). Date of review: September 10, 2010
In short: Great race for a first time 10k runner like me! In full: This was my 1st 10k race and I have to say I was apprehensive that it would be full of fast elite runners. I was very pleased to see that in the wave I went off in there were plenty of fun runners, and run walkers like me. The support was fantastic even though my wave was the last to go and therefore the last to finish the support stayed out to the end. A big thanks to the man by the finish who spurred me on to run the last few meters by shouting go lifeboats. A great race a great atmosphere and well organised I would definetly recommend to anyone. Infact I already have! Date of review: July 27, 2010
In short: I have a real love / hate relationship with this race In full: It is ridiculously overpriced, yet it can provide excellent value for money for those who treat the event as a one-off ‘experience’
The start is too crowded and a potential PB can be lost within the very first one hundred metres when you waste valuable energy dodging the plodders (by the way, how DO they always manage to get near the front of the first wave?). The organisers have obviously worked hard to improve the start, but the wave system needs a little more thought to win respect from many runners.
The biggest plus for me is the sheer number of people who I’ve seen running the streets of Greater Manchester while training for this event. This race has really captured the imagination - everyone in the Manchester area knows someone who entered. I can only see it getting bigger, but I hope the organisers resist the temptation to cash in on this running ‘boom’ and make the race even more costly (or crowded!).