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
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