In short: Nice race In full: Good points: Great course, brilliant support, well organised, traffic free, goody bag.
Could be better: No bag storage, pretencious literature, congested start (and I was close to the front), quite expensive, can't drink out of plastic cups whilst running. And finally chip timing but presume this has been looked at already and discounted. (What did everyone complain about 10 years ago when this wasn't generally available?)
Overall, very enjoyable race. Date of review: April 2, 2008
In short: Good race for PB hunters In full: Start was a bit of a scrum, and the finish just seemed to appear without warning, but still enjoyable with good facilities. Very windy especially 4 to 5 and 9 to 10 km, but hey this is England in March.
It was never going to be scenic running around Salford for 10km - and it wasn't - but everyone coming to this race must have known that anyway?
Good City centre race with good PB potential. Will do it again. Date of review: March 26, 2008
In short: Really enjoyable race for all abilities In full: Monthly race series, great organisation and very friendly. Good mix of club runners and recreational / first time racers makes for a good atmosphere. Nice flat course through Alex Park.
Brilliant value at £3 for club runners with registration on day of event. Prizes for first 3 male/female and loads of spot prizes.
Difficult to find anything negative to say about this race. Date of review: March 3, 2008
In short: Something special In full: This has no right to be such a good race day "experience"; course is hilly and dull in places, weather wet, windy and cold but despite this it is one of the most enjoyable events of the year. Maybe it's the clockwork organisation, excellent marshalling (did you all see Tony Audenshaw from Emerdale marshalling at about 4 miles?) or surreal goodie bag? A cult race in the making. Well done to all concerned. Date of review: December 10, 2006
In short: Does everything right, nice race In full: For a small race this is tremendously well organised: A lot of larger races could learn from this; accuracte km markers; well marshalled; lots of water; excellent goody bag; good value.
Nice atmosphere too with good support from local residents and other runners competing in the shorter races.
Course scenic and almost traffic free, although a bit hilly in places so probably not good for PB seekers. Always seems to attract unseasonally hot weather so plan your late summer break to coincide and you are guaranteed nice weather!
Worth doing and I will be back next year. Date of review: September 24, 2006
In short: Nice course with PB potential In full: Great, nearly flat route over mainly quite country roads and blessed with good changing facilities and ample parking. Seems particularly popular with PB seeking club runners (30% of finishers under 40 minutes is quite impressive). It is good to see that comments on previous races have been addressed and this time the distance markers seemed accurate - well done to the organisers! Minor comments mirror those already made namely no water close to finish and relatively high cost for a race with no “goody bag”. Given the clientele perhaps a good finishing prize could have been a money-off voucher to spend at the sponsor’s (Up & Running) shop maybe on the other sponsor’s (Mizuno) products? Date of review: September 13, 2006
In short: Enjoyble race suitable for all abilities In full: Second installment of this race later on in the year so you can see if you are getting better - I'll try it again as this is good PB course. Noticed that last year negative comments were made about lack of mile/ km markers. This was rectified as km markers were provided, althouh the accuracy was a little suspect (particulalry 8 to 9km which was very short - and therefore others must have beeen long). Other than this can't really fault the race Date of review: March 5, 2006
In short: Drab scenery - except for Nell McAndrew - but good for a PB In full: Steady climb outwards although I didn't notice until I turned at 5k and saw the downhill stretch in front. Worth doing Date of review: February 5, 2006
In short: Enjoyable, well organised and interesting course In full: Who would have thought that the spectators would be in t-shirts and shorts at the end of September? Date of review: September 28, 2005