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
In short: Terrible organisation In full: Terrible oganisation from start to finish. My race pack not dlivered, had to pick it up at race HQ. The race was delayed 20mins due to the trams not stopping. Race itself was ok, apart from the water station. I nearly took a poor ladies head off reaching for a bottle. I didn't see any trouble with 5k/10k runners. I think I was far enough in front of all that. The end was the biggest joke. No water at the finish line. About 30 minutes waiting for a crappy bag and medal. The same crappy bag that was forced on us at the City of Manchester 10k, which was also rubbish organisation this year.Then my 2 mates got a text message of thier time, I didn't and when I checked the website to find my official time my name was 'Runner'. We live in Oldham so did this instead of Wigan 10k which was on the same day because it was local. Wish I'd have done Wigan. Thumbs down for this race. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Hoping to complete my rucksack collection In full: This race really could covert people - never to enter a race again. The urban landscape is glorious at this time of the year as the late summer sun glints on the warehouse walls as you run by. The camaraderie in helping yourself to water - mid course and at the finish is quite emotional. But the reason I'll do this race again is to gain more Sports Tours rucksacks as having run this race and the recent Manchester 10k with my wife we are now close to achieving a PB in terms of our rucksack collection! Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: I'd say amateurish, but I've been in much better races organised by amateurs In full: Shocking from start to finish, no signage to the start, no audible announcements. 20 minute wait to start, first k run on roads that were only half closed with cars parked on the closed side. Massive bottleneck at the bridge, street furniture and benches not taped off when the two races inexplicably merged. Laughable drinks station "Help yourself!". Big queue at the finish for a crappy rucksack. Badly organised is fair enough, but some of the stuff that went on was just plain dangerous, I saw at least two runners take very heavy falls, one of them face first in the opening 3K when 10K and 5K runners were together. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Organisation lacked a bit In full: I dont really agree with all the negative comments relating to the delayed start. It may have been a mistake by the tram operators rather than the oragnisers. It could have been much worse and a 30 minute delay seemed sensible to me. At least they kept us informed. Poor Ron looked a bit fed up tho.
The oragnisation overall was pretty poor though. I agree with comments about the KM markers and definetly didnt see a few. In addition the water station was hillarious. I dont take water in a 10k race but felt for the 1 hour+ runners who need the water. I felt sorry for the 2 guys who were trying to do their best but the "help yourself" shout... lol. I have never seen a water station so bad normally there are too many people.
Also I am pretty sure the race info said that the parking would be free for 4 hours but it was only free for 2.
In addition I ran into the back of the 5k runners who were about 3k in and this cost me some seconds. I think 5k and 10k races can only run together on 2 lap courses and both races start together.
In summary the course was decent, defo pb potential, poor organisation and the 5k needs to be dropped.
In short: A badly organsised 5K run at the mercy of the 10K In full: Terrible 5K, run in conjunction with a much larger 10K event. Number didn't arrive in the post and when I rang up to query they could find me on the start list. Eventually they traced my entry and told me I'd have to collect my number on the day. Race itself started 30 min late due to problems stopping the local trams. Then 2 mins into the race I discovered that the route and timing chosen meant that the leaders piled into the back of the concurrent 10k race started 15 mins earlier at the narrowest section of the course. This meant that about 1000 fun runners got trampled down by a bunch of 5k runners pushing through them and every 5k runner probably lost 15 seconds off their time. I doubt there will be a lot of non-fun runners queuing up to do this one again. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Awful Organisation!! In full: I've ran this race the last couple of years and this year the organisation was so bad I'm not sure I'll come back again. Agree with all the comments below although I fortunately didn't get caught up with the 5k runners merging with 10k runners. It got very crowded in parts making it difficult to get round people and the water station was an absolute joke some poor woman telling us to help ourselves I pretty much had to stop to get my water due to crowding which meant I lost momentum. Then to get to the finish and have to queue for ages, other runners starting handing water down the queue for people. Race bag was a waste of time, just had a rucksack, water and a medal. If I had paid full price I would have been really miffed I've seen local running clubs organise races much more efficiently. Not sure if I'll come back next year. Date of review: September 9, 2013