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.
Paul - I always am to get to a race an hour before start time. This allows me to pick up my race number and warm up a little (get the car drive out of my legs). Also if I haven't run the race before I like to take a look at where the start and finish are so there are no surprises. Finally getting there early allows me to 'suss' out the parking situation ie sometimes the finish area is in close proximity to the car parking and if you want to leave early your exit maybe hindered.
I've run Congleton once before and I think the parking is mainly in the school and the start and finish are not too far away. I may even turn up myself and take on the 'sting in the tail' once again. There is also a bit of a hill at about 2 miles if my memory serves me right.
I agree with lapdog. These people are a bl**dy nuisance and race organisers should remove them from the results list and ban them from the next year's event. All race entrants have a duty of care to all other entrants. If you are oblivious to your surroundings you are a menace and potentially dangerous (especially if the roads are still open to traffic).
What is wrong in soaking up the atmosphere of the race and the encouragement of marshalls and supports alike. That is one of the key differences of racing rather than training.