In short: Great atmosphere but organisation needs a serious re-think In full: This was only my second ever 10k race, but I'd trained hard and did manage a PB. I knew I was pretty slow and expected to be in the slowest wave, but even I got frustrated having to run around a wall of walkers who kept deciding it was a really good idea to walk side-by-side or holding hands... The wave system needs a serious re-think, as my fiance was in the fastest wave and had to overtake walkers. Each wave needs to be broekn down into expected finish times like the marathon as in some respects it was just chaos. Date of review: May 28, 2008
In short: magnificent In full: fantastic day,well done to the organisers and all credit to the people of manchester who came out in there thousands and gave all the runners tremendous support. Date of review: May 27, 2008
In short: A great day out, but not for the serious athletes! In full: This was a fantastic day, helped by nice weather. No real complaints about the contents of the bag, but then I was not expecting that much. My main gripe was with the lack of organisation at the start especially. There were no marshalls to direct you as to how to joing the start! We were in the pink wave and it was HUGE, but it was just a mass free for all, packed like sardines. There was nobody there offering advice, there were people of numerous colours jumping the barriers, I am surprised there was not some sort of accident to be honsest. I also saw earlier, Pink runners walking alonside green runners, which is just not fair. Personally I think if people intend to only walk this distance (which was most of the pink wave) they should do a sponsored walk instead, or at least stick to one side of the road instead of walking 5 wide. My time was nowhere near as good as it could have been because of this, but there you go. It was still great, and I would do it again, I just wish they had been a bit stricter with the colour allocation, it seems anyone can run in any wave. Date of review: May 23, 2008
In short: Folks take some believing some times..... In full: Folks take some believing some times.....the organisation was amazing. Think of all of the hard work that went into closing roads, putting up signs, markers, banners, balloons, bands, drinks stations, spectators, I could go on and on and what do folks do? They whinge about the extra strong mints in their goody bag!!
This is a fantastic event for encouraging folks to run and raising valuable funds for charity. Let's appreciate it for what it is. Date of review: May 23, 2008
In short: Really enjoyable flat 10K In full: This was my 2nd time running this event and managed to get in orange wave both times so whilst you still have to dodge people I always feel sorry for the faster runners in later waves.
I do like this race and the organisation is top class, however, my first ever gummble about a BUPA event - the 'goody bag'- absolutely awful.
I had breakfast but left to go to the run (50mins drive) with no food - my own fault I admit, but when I finished the race I was looking forward to a bar of some kind to keep me going for way home! to find extra strong mints and chilli peanuts was just unbelieveable and even more so when you consider the cost to enter. I always pay my own entry fee and then run for Charity so it was a long/hungry journey home! Date of review: May 22, 2008
In short: It's been said 30,000 runners, you know what to expect In full: You can expect atmosphere and plenty of people with no real idea how long 10K will take them. Get a life you don't enter any of the great runs for a PB, you go for the atmosphere. Enter a local race with 200 runners if a PB's all you're after. These races are about getting people on their feet and having a go, that's what it did for me and many, many others.
I was a bit disappointed with the 'goody' bag, the day before the kids had a nice chewy bar, which when I finished hungrey that's what I was after, a pack of mints and chilli flavoured seedy things don't do it! Those are transient the medal and T-shirt good quality as usual.
I would like to know how everyone's £30 is spent on (even more for the business challange) all the same it doesn't stop me wanting to do it again next year. Date of review: May 22, 2008