In short: Nice park, flat(ish) course with lots of twists and turns, lady at registration just plain rude! In full: The idea of online entry is to get everything sorted before the morning of the race and securing entry. Not sending race numbers out defeats some of the point and when you get to HQ and a rude woman behind the desk accuses you of trying to "blag" your way into a sold out race without paying you can end up pretty annoyed! Luckily I had a smart phone and was able to access my emails to show confirmation of entry. No apology, just a grunt.
There was a bit of confusion on the start line, with some "noise" coming out of a speaker which nobody could hear! This resulted in somebodys car being towed. Still, all sorted and waited for the gun (which never came, just somebody shouted go and everyone sort of stumbled over the start line! I pretty much started on the start line but for others, the lack of chip timing may have affected their times (not hugely in a 320 person race).
The course was quite nice through the park. Not 100% pb fodder as there were a lot of twists/turns and a few undulations. It was also a little slippy on the corners which cost me a bit of time. Certainly a reasonably fast course though. Marshalls were friendly and people who were there to support were nice.
No goody bag (which doesnt really bother me) but rather a better than boring generic medal and a wagon wheel! The desk lady was a little more friendly upon the finish line but to be honest the damage had been done! Date of review: March 4, 2012
In short: Massive PB - got to be pleased In full: 5th time at Stanley park and after joining a club, Stockport Harriers, just before Christmas, this was our first 10k race. Mrs took hers down by 40 sec to 48:15 gaining 2nd in cat and I went from 47:10 to 43:49. No idea how, just went well on the day. See you next year!!! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Scenic and quick In full: Good weather helped make this a very enjoyable race. One minor problem was the finishing funnel - It needed to be signposted better as it wasn't obvious and quite a few people were running either side of it. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: Fantastic race round a beautiful park In full: A fantastic venue for a great race. definite PB potential on a flat traffic free course. The marshalls were brilliant and the organisation was good with a nice medal at the end. A must for all beginners and those seeking a quick race. Date of review: March 9, 2010