In full: Only gripe is that with it attracting a lot of fun-runners/non-runners, maybe they should consider "seeding" the start in line with projected race times. Having to negotiate people walking 3 or 4 abreast is a wee bit frustrating. I'm all for these events being "all-inclusive" though, and it's great to see non-runners, especially those who are doing it for charity as it's great to see events like this which could convert a lot of so-called "non-runners". Date of review: May 20, 2010
In short: Great first race with definite PB potential for experienced runners. In full: This was my first ever 5k so I was a bit apprehensive. Plenty of parking, very quiet - not as many runners as I expected but well organised. The warm up was great and everyone was friendly. Loads of toilets. Start well organised. Course well marked with plenty of water stations. Great for a first timer and I'll definitely be doing it again next year as it has good PB potential. Date of review: May 18, 2010
In short: Smooth running with last year's problems resolved. In full: This year's race was much better than last year's with many of the organisational problems ironed out. Jet (of Gladiators fame) led us through the pre-race warm up, then we filtered onto the road and didn't have to wait very long before the race was under way.
Despite passing the Transporter Bridge and the Riverside Stadium, this is still Middlesbrough and the majority of the scenery is pretty dull. There were a couple of bands along the way to lift runner's spirits and the there was plenty of support in the finishing straight. There were also lots of marshals and water points if you found yourself getting thirsty.
The course is pretty flat and the road for the first half mile is quite wide so there's definite PB potential if you're looking for speed. I got a new PB (though was still 17 seconds shy of what I hoped I'd get) and I'll be back next year to hopefully improve on it. Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: good friendly event In full: good friendly event, well laid out, plenty of water for those that need it, live bands and a fair few people to welcome you back. good family fun run afterwards, will be back with my daughter next year. Date of review: May 16, 2010
In short: well organised and welcoming to all In full: Apart from the sudden start, which took us all by surprise this was a well organised race with pleanty of great music. Woth getting up an hour early for. Date of review: April 2, 2009
In short: Well done Middlesbrough! 2 great races now in the town - 10k in Sept In full: Great experience, really enjoyed it. 3 bands on the course to entertain (2 steel and 1 percussion). Organisation excellent, slight delay due to elite runners mile, but good to see such great runners. Fast course, through the town, past the transporter bridge and on to the turn at Boro's Riverside Ground. Steve Cram and Alison Curbishley there as well interviewing winners of elite races. Live rock band to entertain at finish, lots of water for those who needed it on the course. Medal and t-shirt good quality. Kids loved the fun run, with same goodies.
Probably nearly 2000 people in total at 2 events. Fabulous to see the success of 2 running events now in Middlesbrough (10k in September) - yet another reason to laugh at the TV tag of being such a grim place to live. It was excellent and showed off the better sides of Middlesbrough very well. Date of review: March 30, 2009
In short: Fast, flat course, but a few teething troubles at the start. In full: There was definitely a carnival feel to this race, with plenty of music and a big screen TV in action an hour before the race even began. An enthusiastic instructor got us all warmed up with various dances, but then we had to wait for 15 minutes while some elite runners finished their 1 mile race. It was great to see such high quality athletes (the winning male finished in 4:06, 4:36 for the female), but the effects of the pre-race warm up had worn off by the time it was our turn.
At the start there were marshals holding signs with expected finishing times on them so that everyone can start at the appropriate place and reduce congestion. However, the starting gun fired before hundreds of us had even had chance to get to the proper start places, and I found myself in the 30-35 minute group when I wanted to be in the 20-22 minute group. As a result several of us found ourselves weaving in and out of a lot of other runners for the first mile or so until we were with other people our speed.
The route is by no means glamorous, although the Transporter Bridge is an impressive site up close, but there was plenty of road-side entertainment to keep us happy. My favourite was the percussion band at the Riverside Stadium, although the steel drum band was also great.
At the finish there were plenty of supporters cheering for everyone, and there didn't seem to be much congestion handing in chips and collecting goody bags (which included a t-shirt, medal, and various leaflets/booklets).
My finishing time was texted to me within a couple of hours, although they used the gun time and not the actual chip time, but I wasn't too bothered since I had my own watch to properly measure the time.
On the whole this was a good race. The scenery is not up to much and the start was a bit confused, but that was more than made up for with the atmosphere generated. Middlesbrough should be proud to have hosted a good event like this, and I'm sure the teething problems can be ironed out in future years to make it truly great. Date of review: March 29, 2009