In short: Improved course and organisation In full: Having run this race in the past it has improved a lot. Much better start and pre race. Course improved with better finish and post race organisation. Quiet, wide, closed roads are good but 7k of course is fairly dull. Decent goody bag too with one of the better quality T shirts included. Date of review: September 6, 2015
In short: Big improvement In full: I did this race 2 years ago when it was a complete shambles. The organisation this time was much better, maybe even very good! Obviously they had taken on board the criticisms received previously. Overall an excellent race, although it is not a pb course due to all the twists and turns. Date of review: September 6, 2015
In short: Good race, fast and excellent support in parts In full: This race is a good one for a PB attempt, its flat and the roads are wide so you never get backed up behind packs of runners. The support around the lowry is excellent (Start/Finish,2k mark, 9k-> finish) although the rest of the route is round very dull industrial areas.
The water point at 5k was manned ok for those around my group (43 min) but im guessing they may have struggled at some of the peak flow points as there were only 3 helpers on one side and one on the other. The rest of the route was well marshaled.
The last 1km seemed to go on forever then all of a sudden the end was right in front of you, as someone else said it might have been nice with a 400m to go sign etc but that's a minor flaw.
The major downside was the metrolink communication, and its hard to say if this is the fault of the organisers or metrolink (or a bit of both). Last year the race was delayed due to the metrolink still running along the route, this year the metrolink was off completely on the Eccles line so replacement buses were put on. This wasn't explained at all on the metrolink and nobody was at the stations explaining this. I ended up getting off at Cornbrook to be told i had to get on the next tram going back the same way and get a bus from Trafford bar. After sitting on the bus for 15 mins it moved about 500 yards and they announced that exchange quay (where Frankie and bennys is etc) was the last stop as the roads had been closed "because of some running thing", which considering the bus was completely full of runners we already kinda knew that was on as that's where we were trying to get to. It would have just been quicker to walk in the first place. This could have been Metrolinks fault but it would have been wise for STI to have a rep at Trafford Bar telling people what was going on.
The goody bag was alright for an STI event. it had a tech t-shirt which their other events don't, no food though and lots of self advertising (for club la Sanza). The medal was also a generic Club La Sanza one which had no mention of Salford 10k so will no doubt be handed out at future STI events (Aintree etc). It almost felt like a kids club medal you would get on holiday.
All in all i would do it again at the price point (£15) but if it ever raised the prices to £20+ I would probably do a different event.
In short: Organisation needs improvement In full: My first time running this race and was not impressed by the lack of organisation. Pros - It's a beginner-friendly atmosphere and a nice flat course. Distance markers for each km. Water available for those who need it at 5km. Tech t-shirt at the end is nice. Cons - Metro tram work meant quite a lot of participants arrived via replacement buses quite a ways from the event. No signage and not one on hand to help direct people. Not from Salford so wasn't that easy to find the start. Starting and finishing area was very overcrowded and messy. The finishing area, in particular, had a very narrow funnel to collect finishers' bag and too many spectators crowding the bag area waiting for friends and family - oblivious to blocking the whole area off. Lastly, no water available in the bag or near the finish line! Couldn't be asked to wade through the massive crowd to find some water so ended up buying a bottle elsewhere.
Overall a good route with a nice atmosphere but let down by the lack of organisation. Not sure I'd be back. Date of review: September 7, 2014
In short: Another organisational shambles by Sports Tours In full: I thought after the disastrous We Love Manchester 10k this year that Sports Tours may have learned some lessons but this was not to be the case. While they can't take all the blame for the Metrolink snafu that delayed the start by nearly 20 minutes, the temporary stoppage of the tram route was critical to the race. Sports Tours should have been checked and double-checked the day before the race and morning of the race to make sure everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet. The merger of the 10k into the 2nd half of the 5k was unfair to the runners of both groups. And the goody bag was pathetic. I would rather have had a £3 tee shirt and a flapjack than another cheap back pack. The route was OK and it was fast, but it doesn't make up for the other shortcomings. Date of review: September 19, 2013
In short: Organisational joke In full: As my 1st 10k there was no signage, delayed start due to non-communication with Metrolink (and this was announced over a tannoy nobody could hear until about 15 mins after start time), bottleneck at start, cars parked all along route, 5k runners merged straight into 10k runners causing falls - what a joke. Date of review: September 11, 2013