In short: Horrific 1st K In full: As others have said the 1st k is horrible; a bottle neck to get out of the plaza followed by a steep corner and then horrible concrete bollards over the bridge all made for a very difficult start but once the route opened up there was plenty of opportunity to pass people as the roads were closed. The scenery is not the best, although you do pass some famous landmarks that would be great for anyone who hasn't visited the area before. The support from the marshalls was good, as was the atmosphere at the start line and there were plenty of supporters (where possible) lining the course. I also thought the goody bag wasn't great; I asked for a small t and got what must be a mens medium as its massive and my boyfriend got a sweat band while I got some ear plugs, not sure what thats all about. Even with the bad start I managed a PB and came in under my target time so I've come away pleased.
In short: A 9k run with a 1k walk to start. In full: I'd been told this was a fast race with a good chance of a pb - I did get a pb but that could be because it was only my second 10k race!
The first 1 was a joke; I started at the back to try and avoid the choke points but it didn't work. Not enough room for all the runners going round MediaCity:UK then the bridge where it was down to single file!
The course needs a serious re-think.
Would I do again, maybe but not at the price they are charging. Goody bag? A slice of Soreen and a cheap cotten t-shirt. Spend an extra £10 and do a Bupa Great Run, much better value for money! Date of review: September 9, 2012
In short: Nice flat race around some familiar sights In full: A little congested in places (1st 1K) but thinned out afterwards. Covered much of the route of the Great Manchester Run, and I would say 8K of it is in Trafford as opposed to Salford.
Logistics were good, plenty of parking, and the location at the Lowry was excellent. Date of review: September 9, 2012
In short: Flat course, with a few tight corners In full: Whilst the course was flat and therefore good for PB potential, there were some tight corners. Some scenic points (Quays, Old Traford), but a lot of the route was not that scenic, especially running through car parks. Losing GPS signal going through Old Trafford may have been why my Garmin measured the route slightly short.
My main complaint would be the lack of water immediately at the finish. A queue was already forming at the "shop" where the water and goody bags were being handed out when I got there having run a respectable time of just under 52 mins. The queue by the time I came out was huge, hope no one was desperate for a drink!
The other gripe is the alleged £100 voucher for Club La Santa. The discounts referred to do not make it clear what the £100 voucher is for and the discounts available are very restricted - tough luck if you are not marathon training, which given this was a 5/10k event possibly rules a number of competitors out. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In full: i got this race for half price so cant complain much but goodie bag was poor. t-shirt with a advert on it for the firm that set up the race. thought it would of said CITY OF SALFORD 10K. a power bar, keyring and a pen. disapointed. the race itself was flat course which i like but got quicker time than normal which makes me think was not a full 10k. would be good to know if others thought the same. would i do it again. maybe. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: Well-organised but short of 10k! In full: I got half price entry as I ran the City of Manchester 10k, which meant that this was good value at £7.50, so that was a good incentive for me to sign up.
Salford Quays makes a nice starting point and the weather was great today, but unfortunately despite the fairly small number of runners, it got congested at the start as we were heading out of the Quays.
The course itself was nice and flat so great PB potential, but maybe not the most scenic (going through car parks and around mini roundabouts!), and it does quite a lot of looping back on itself.
It was good to see two water points out on the course and were well marked out. The City of Manchester race only had one at 6.5km, on a hot day too, so I wasn't optimistic about the drinks situation this time. Fortunately there was lots of water on this course. Also, compared with the City of Manchester run, there seemed to be more marshals and they seemed cheerier.
I am not sure if the course was a full 10k - my Nike Plus, though I know not 100% accurate, only measured the course as 9.62km which is quite a big discrepancy. I got a good time but I am left with a few lingering doubts as to whether it was a 'true' PB.
I think the weakest aspect of this race was the goodie bag - which was a Club La Santa t-shirt (OK so they usually just end up my drawer but would've been nice to have a commemorative City of Salford one), leaflets, a random keyring and pen (from North West Air Ambulance) and a Go Energy Gel (which would've been great only it expired last month!) That was somewhat disappointing, but as I paid the half price fee I wasn't too miffed. However, if I had paid full price I think I would've felt a little short changed in that department.
However, all in all, a simple no-frills race that was nonetheless enjoyable. Date of review: September 4, 2011
In short: An ok run but a bad start situation with a large funnel of people trying to fit into a small gap. Then throw in a 90 degree turn and a steep hairpin shortly after and you have one of the worst starts I have ever done. Date of review: October 5, 2010