In short: Now I know what all the fuss is about! In full: Huge thanks to Malcolm Fowler and all involved in this event. Miles better, miles cheaper and miles further than The Bupa 10k! Good course (not as flat as I thought), well organised parking, nice goody bag, starting pens, very well marshalled, well marked, the music and balloons add to the atmosphere. Those rugby club parking attendants were very quick - worked their socks off. Well done Wilsmlow ! Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Fantastic again - thanks Stockport Harriers In full: I give this race a great review every year because this is now the race I've done more than any other. Why? Fantastic course - track, trail, road, lots of hills. Doesn't look like a PB course but I've done flatter 10 milers and Stcokport is always the fastest. Remember, what comes up, must come down! Super track stadium start and finish. There are so many reasons this race "should" fail - the weather is alwats hideous, the traffic is not awlays friendly, Offerton is not postcard material (sorry!). This race is special and never fails. The marshalls somehow manage the traffic whils being among the most vocal in the race circuit. Another great feature of this race is the sense of humour. The Stockport S[ten]ch Remover medal (made of what looks like Travelodge hotel soap) is pure comedy genius. Yet another great t shirt - hi viz More Mile long sleeve t shirt. Perfect for dark winter runs. MAny thanks Stockport, you really know how to put on a good show, even when the weather tries (and fails) to make it a washout. Date of review: December 11, 2011
In short: Flawless, enjoyable, rewarding & worthy cause In full: Well organised, ample parking. No queues at entry on day desk. Facilities well signed. Start, race and finish commentated. Scenic race through undulating Cheshire lanes, enjoyable despite being two laps. Well stocked efficient water stations. Nice touches include marshals reading times out in laps, nice memento, finish in big field, plenty of space for spectators, free cordials/water at end and... flapjacks. Oh, and Bryan Dale won't charge us for his race photos, he cheers us on as well. Thanks to Wilmslow Harriers, David Lewis centre (worthy charity to whom all profits go) and all other marshalls. A nice way start a Sunday. Date of review: August 14, 2011
In short: Hard but glorious. And an edible memento! In full: My 3rd race for my new club. Very steep hills (the only thing missing form the downhill at the start was a gig roll of cheese), running through a stream, varying terrain, stunning scenery, great fete with nice local beer.... more of an event than just another race. The comment in another review (see below) about the race being full is not true, it was announced on the internet well in advance of the race. Date of review: June 5, 2011
In short: So good I joined the club In full: When I moved to Congleton I had to run up the cloud. Using my iPhone map app was hardly the best way to navigate.
This race has the best route and is extremely well organised. The course goes up Biddulph Valley Way, towards the cloud, tup the could (I had to stop to admire the view) then down the cloud. After that there is some road (with some nice scenery) and it's back down Biddulph Valley Way to the finish.
I was OK in normal trainers but fell / trail shoes might be better.
One thing I would advise is bring money for the cake stall after the race. If you dont eat you are missing out. Date of review: October 28, 2010
In short: Race of the year! Christmas came early for all who finished this classic race. In full: Today was my 3rd Stockport 10 and, as always, it is impossible to hobble away without a smile. For most folk, the broadcast of Sports Personality of The Year is the first sign that Xmas is really close. For me it's this race!
I have always PBd here, love the course (running track, track, trail, paths, hills & flat) and atmosphere are amazing.
The organisation is great - bag storage, showers, marshalls everywhere, plenty of photographers - all giving that good old fashioned customer service we used to get in retail (only this is from volunteers who give up their Saturday filling goody bags and Sundays standing in the cold helping runners).
The race itself was great - track start, mile markers, clear directions, clear instructions from marshalls, nice park, great hills (including the dreaded New Zealand Road") a brief detour through some countryside, an interesting tour of Offerton and after a nice flat run through Woodbank Park we have 1 230m finale on the track.
It doesn't stop when you cross the line, plenty of spot prizes (jackets, running accessories, free entry next year) and a goody bag that makes the big money race goody bags look, frankly, pathetic. Not only does the goody bag have a technical T shirt (this years design is so bright you need shades and sun block to wear it), energy bars, sweets etc... but it also contains a good sense of humour (new entrants are always perplexed by the meal worms - this year in a plastic glove).
We're also treated to bananas, energy drinks and all you can eat jaffa cakes.
This race sold out early and was once voted best 10 mile race in the UK for good reason - it's an absolute cracker.
Well done, yet again, to Anthony Ward and Stockport Harriers.
In short: Spectacular trail race - this will become a classic In full: This race was fantastic. It has it all - great views, varied terrain, no organisation problems, choice at the water stations, very cheap entry fee.
This race should've been a nightmare - the start was slightly delayed, runners were not quiet enough when important health & safety info was announced, some deviant non runners moved a sign to point left instead of right, and it was Kiwi Events first event... Add my own problems: left my fell shoes at home, my asthma caused problems for the first 5k. With all this going on I should've hated this race. What I go instead was a fantastic course over fantastic scenery including distant vistas of Manchester juxtaposed with the local hilly landscape. The course varied in terrain: trail, steps, tarmac, rocky areas, puddles, mud...
All this might sound perfect for a hike but not for a beginner - there were a few people of people who said it was their first race and I think they enjoyed it.
This is a must for next year. Date of review: July 29, 2009
In short: 3rd time lucky in flawlessly organised Rochdale Classic In full: I always like this race. I tell a lie, last year I hated it but enjoyed the result.
For £6 this run is a MUST and an incredible bargain.
I know the Bupa 10k has millions of spectators. City of Manchester has it's stadium finish (as does Offerton - I've yet to try this one but only heard great things). trafford - a PB hunters favourite. But Rochdale has a great course with some not too aggressive hills. It is extremely well organised and marshalled - an exciting run - each hill is a chapter.
For £6 they can't afford to close roads or persuade local residents to park off the pavement - if they could this race would be perfect. But if we count stupidly parked vehicles as an additional challenge that all have to navigate around then this race compares really well to that over prices obstacle course - Urbanathlon.
I can't recommend this race enough - thanks Rochdale for another great start to the week. Each Rochdale 10k is memorable and well worth turning up to. Date of review: July 7, 2009