In short: A good In full: First time I've done this event and I'm a beginner runner so I was really nervous.
Looking round there only seemed to be a handful of 'non-runners' taking part; it felt quite 'clubby' to me but then I've only ever done charity 5kms and Great Manchester 10km previously.
The women's race tarted on time at 10.30am following the kid's 3km run. Pre-race registration was smooth and there were plenty of loos to use before the race started.
The route was on flat tarmac foot paths around Victoria Park for 80% of race, remainder was looping out round the park on the pavements. You did pretty much two laps of the park although part of it was taken a different direction which was good to mix it up a bit.
The marshalls were very encouraging, even to those non-runners amongst us at the back and spectators along the way were great, cheering and clapping everybody.
Weather was glorious (if a bit too hot for me at 24c!) and there was water available after collecting your medal and Southport & Waterloo AC branded drinks bottle.
Only thing that spoilt it for me were three blokes who were obviously waiting to run in the men's race at 11.00am. They were stood half way down the course and as we passed made rather loud comments that 'F**king hell if you were right at the back like these lot you'd step on the accelerator a bit wouldn't you or what's the point in being here". That's exactly the attitude some beginner runners like myself fear receiving from more experienced runners. As well as being downright insulting it took the shine off what could have been an otherwise pleasant and welcoming race for beginner runners. Date of review: April 22, 2011
In short: Flat Fast course with in the park or the pavements outside - No roads to cross - Friendly marshalls all around. In full: Well organised, the weather was dry if not just with a little cold breeze blowing. The organiser must have made a deal with the weather gods as each year the weather has been dry despite loads of rain all of the week before. All the marshalls are friendly with encouraging words for all runners regardless of where they are in the race. Date of review: April 5, 2010