Daniel - I normally get there about 08.30 and you can enter the pens by then. I normally sit on the grass until I see the pens filling up and then move in. I am also in pen B and like you want to be as near the front as possible. Last year it took me 5 secs to cross the start line.
Smacks of the old Tour of Tameside set up by Ron Hill. That was the equivalent of 2 full marathons over 6 races with one days rest. I worked in Hyde at the time and there was a 'Hyde holiday week' when a number of businesses shut down (mine included) for that week.
The race was organised for that week so getting to mid week evening events was no problem and I could rest up during the day. Only did it once but there was great camaderie amongst the entrants.
Not fit enough to have a go at this one, but if it's on next year I just might give it a go.
Hi Gemma, I've run Wilmslow many times and there are a few steady inclines in the 2nd half of the race. The first one is when you turn left onto the main road at about 8 miles. It's a steady rise to the 9 mile mark (it's not steep but not want you want at that part of the race). After the 9 mile mark there is downhill strech until you bear left at the Victory Hall, where there is another rise past the church and cricket ground (there are a numbr of bends in the road so it doesn't feel you are climbing but you are). Then you are back onto the first part of the course with that dip in the road you encountered on the way out. Once you've past Mobberley Golf Club it's flat all the way. Passing Morley Green village hall, the crowds are beginning to build and you may even be able to hear the race announcer. The fianl run is great as the road is quite narrow and the crowds get bigger and more noisy.
If you know the area I wouldn't park any where near the Rugby Club as it gets very congested. Also the main road to the M56 is also disrupted with race goers.
It's a great race which is very well organised and the good bag is normally pretty good.
It's a two lap course, whcih is mainly flat, but can be affected by cross or head winds. The miles on the lower walk are tough on the joints as it is concrete and the last couple of miles heading back to the finish always seem strangely uphill (but not on the first lap!!) and therfeore can be tricky if there is a headwind. Always well organised and there is a good turn out every year. Wasn't going to do it this year, but writing this brief description is making me re think - certainly not fit enough but I'm sure I could get round. May see you all there.