In short: Great Atmosphere - i will be back its got me hooked In full: I can certainly recommend this race, well organized and a great atmosphere. Marshalls were friendly and really encouraging cheering everyone on all around the course. Great finishers tee shirt as well. Date of review: August 26, 2016
In short: Great fun and well organised In full: Really enjoyed this run. The race started at Media City which had a great atmosphere with lots going on. Would highly recommend. Date of review: August 26, 2016
In short: Excellent friendly race and good family day out In full: Great locations for start finish at the impressive Mediacity. Flat course and potential for your PB for those interested. Good organization and friendly staff - stuff on for kids so ok for family supporters with children Date of review: August 26, 2016
In short: Sunny Salford 10k - a run you must do in the Manchester-area!!! In full: I ran this race as a casual 10k runner and loved every minute of it. The race starts and finishes in the impressive MediaCityUK Piazza area (where the BBC and ITV is) so sets it apart from lots of other runs in the area. Well organised and a great goody bag with tech t-shirt, medal, snack bar water and more. Especially loved the Athlete Village activity for us runners and the kids! Date of review: August 26, 2016
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.