In short: Short flat race for everyone. So if you are thinking of trying a race for the first time this one is perfect and it's in aid of the Christie Cancer Research Charity. Date of review: August 8, 2010
In short: only 5.56k this year - so a bit disapointing In full: 3rd time for this race - whilst it couldnt be helped that the course had to be shortened - it was a bit disapointing to think my 7km became a 6km and then ended up a 5.56km. But good atmosphere - cant believe the sun shone all the way around!!! Date of review: August 13, 2008
In short: Great race In full: good race again this year having had to have the course changed due to road works but really good and fast finished in 22 mins will be back next year well done to everyone in both races Date of review: August 10, 2008
In short: Beware of the Dog In full: Large and frisky hounds are always going to be an issue on park runs, but it was okay. A bit tough on the ankles in places though and the parking was very difficult. Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: Poor organization spoils a race that could be much better. In full: There were early signs that this was a poorly organized race. I pre-registered by mail, sending, as requested, a SAE for my number and "race information". This information was nothing more than a Google map of the park location that any idiot could've gotten off of the internet. It would've been nice to have a map of the route. I was also interested in knowing, since this was a memorial race, who Eddie Cheetham was. The racers should also have been warned that the Debdale Park toilets are absolutely revolting and toilet roll is not provided. A map of the course was posted at the race. There was no scale on the map. I found out, whilst running the race, that there was a water station – another thing absent from the map. I wanted to confirm that this was a two-lap course, as this wasn't mentioned on the map, either. I asked at the registration desk and heard answers varying from "one and a half," "two and a half", to "one and a bit". A woman who was supposedly in the know showed me a map, which was different from the one posted. She disappeared before I got to ask her any questions. It was simply inaccurate to describe this as a "fast course", considering the numerous sections of uneven surfaces, including a stretch of severely potholed gravel road. There were also a couple of places where there should have been marshals but there were none. On the second lap, a woman just ahead of me turned to ask which way to go! The baffling organizational decisions continued to the end. You round a corner to see a sign reading "7K" clearly tacked to a tree trunk. Then a friendly marshal informs you that the finish is only 200 meters away. Should they be calling this the Debdale Park 7.2 K, then? For some unfathomable reason, the finishing chute was erected over lumpy turf leading right under a large willow. Picturesque, and no doubt an excellent place for a tired runner to twist an ankle on a tree root.
In short: Welcoming and novice-friendly In full: Very friendly race, two laps round Debdale Park, nice distance for a Sunday morning and ideal for novices and slowies alongside experienced club runners. Date of review: August 12, 2007
In short: Very good, well organised race, on a reasonably quick course In full: First time I've done this and will definitely do again. Well, organised, friendly event and a good course with potential for a fast time. Two reasonably flat laps weaving in and around Debdale Park. Long enough to get the blood pumping but not so long as to make the route become uninteresting. Thanks to all involved, inc spectators who clapped us round! Date of review: August 14, 2006