In short: Bit of a disaster In full: I am with everyone else with regards to the organisation - wholly due to the shambles that was the baggage collection. Runners were shivering under the foil blankets and no-one knew what was going on. It took me over half an hour to find my bag which was mostly intact. My waterproofs that I had worn to the race were missing but I went back and found them after I had got some warm/dry clothes on. Most people weren't so lucky and it saddened me to see people's clothing getting trampled in to the mud. This was a major oversight of the organisers and it's a shame that it could put runners off entering next years race. They definately need an apology going out on the website or by email asap.
The weather was horrendous which is obviously not their fault but a warning at the beginning of the race about the narrow waterlogged lanes at Dunham should have been given. Obviously the route wasn't checked beforehand to clarify this detail. On a better day it would have been lovely running down there though.
I have to add that as a Manchester lass I am proud of the supporters who lined the streets (including lots of my own family, friends and club mates). They made the event truly wonderful with their encouragement and I am glad that they braved the weather to help us on our way.
X-tra Mile - do something quick to redeem yourselves as this could be a fantastic event in the future. Date of review: April 30, 2012
In short: Very friendly, well marshalled, brill goodie bag!! In full: The atmosphere was very friendly on this race from beginning to end. All marshalls were supportive and it was a well marshalled course. I got my first sub 44 and was second lady, my sister was first so a very good day all round. Would definately do it again next year if it's run again. Thanks to all the volunteers from both me and my sister. Date of review: February 24, 2008
In short: Tough in parts but lots of downhills if you're good on your feet In full: Very varied terrain. Uneven underfoot at times. Not one for a PB. Now I'm back home - yes I enjoyed it - right after it though I don't think my opinion was the same. The river crossing was as they described 'unique' but a good and different way to finish a race. Organisers/marshalls all very friendly. Was warned about the steep hill and boy was it steep. Was faster walking it than running it. Date of review: May 6, 2007