In short: Super marshals, funny (haha) announcer, a real gem of a race In full: Always a well organised race, quality fast field up front and a tidal wave of happy runners behind. Great t-shirt for the price too. Thanks Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Cracking Winter XC blast In full: A bit slippy in places. I saw a couple of other runners hit the deck on muddy / rooty sections but I'm sure XC at school involved ploughing through shin deep gloop and it wasn't anywhere near that bad!
Best goody bag I've had for a long time.
Well done all involved in the organisation. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Great race, great atmosphere In full: Stockport 10 is the most enjoyable race of my year. Not the most scenic, not the most challenging, not the best for PB but the best FUN you can have whilst running a race. Definitely the friendliest marshals and the best goody bag ever. "Tom Potson" is developing a dangerously Alan Partridge personality tho..... Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Lovely route and event In full: This is an event I have run for as many years as I have been a runner and I suspect I will always come back. As someone based in Surrey, it show-cases the best we have to offer - and well organised too. If I have two suggestions of tweaks that they could make: - I struggled to park in the muddy field. Could they use the Loseley grounds again? - Given we carry a chip, can there not be a mat on the start line? It took me nearly a minute to cross the start from the back of the field. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In full: Fantastic race loved it! Not too sure about the second change in the route was a little uneven in parts but would definitely not put me off - a race not to be missed! My favourite race of the year :) Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: Decent race but depends on conditions In full: Running on an airfield isn't everyone's cup of tea but at least it's flat! Trouble is, as with this year, there was a strong headwind going in and going out which ruined my time. Well organised though - weather isn't their fault!! No entries on the day so you have to take a chance with the wind. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: A bit overrated and dull. In full: This is my third muddy race and my least favorite. Theres a lot of trail running and although there are puddles many of them are small and most of them can be easily run around which most people end up doing. Id like to see more tape up to guide people thru the water. I actually found the race a bit boring, not enough hills or decent obstacles. The worst bit is at the finish line - bear in mind the temp wasnt far above zero and everyone was soaking wet - but there was no foil warmer handed out! Plus no food of any kind (not even a banana!) and no goody bag. All I got was a bottle of freezing cold water - just what i wanted (not). To not hand out foil warmers or a snack is rude bordering on negligent especially seeing as the race was over £30 to enter. Dissapointing. Date of review: December 9, 2013
In short: A well organised end-of-year race. Possibly the best road race in Surrey. In full: A very well organised race with marshals at all the significant junctions. I think the most significant feature of the race is that the new route was retained for this year’s course. I can’t believe it has taken all these years for the club to realise that the old route was far too dangerous with the additional traffic generated by the Christmas shopping spree. The new route has all the features of the previous course(s) with the quite steep hill climbs but is even more picturesque. This has to be one of the best road races in Surrey. When heading towards the finish you could see the gantry from about 800 metres away and it was all-downhill so the final stretch was just a sprint. The only suggestion I would make for next year is the grass field being used for car-parking was inappropriate because cars were getting stuck in deep mud even before the race. Could hard-surface car-parking on the other side of Loseley House be utilised in 2014 please?
In short: Really enjoyable morning jaunt round Stockport In full: With large portions through housing estates, it shouldn't be a particularly memorable race. But it was! One or two areas of improvement...number collection was a bit disorganised, and website directions from the M60 could have been clearer (like included the junction number) But those are minor gripes in a thoroughly enjoyable race. The atmosphere is excellent, the marshalls were amongst the best I have ever encountered - helped by the name on the fronts admittedly. Great t-shirt, which unusually for the "fuller-figured" me is actually big enough to wear! Well worth the trip up from Leicester,!
Thanks and well done to all involved with the organisation. Date of review: December 9, 2013