In short: Fun in the Sun In full: Think a lot of people have been overly critical about this race. Everyone know that when you run towards the drinks table you don't go to the 1st table but further up, of course there's going to be chaos but stay calm and there's always more space towards the end.
Water bottles are a recipe for disaster as people take a swig and throw them on the floor which are a hazard for runners coming behind. If you want more, carry one in a belt or a hand held gizmo. Organisers can't win with this as people always moan whatever you do
Thought it was a great race, enjoyed it more than Leeds 2 weeks before and loved the stadium finish.
Did think that more toilets should have been signposted, and there is no reason these days to have a cotton t-shirt at the end. Also there's a lot of halves that have the chip timer on your bib which is disposable and saves the hassle of having to have it taken off. (Wilmslow/Conwy)
Other than that, great race and loved the camel racing past me even though I did 1.44.
In short: Top race for a top lady In full: Enjoyed the race, well organised, and great support with very vocal marshalls. Only one or two gripes. 1st, why do the organisers use the chips that tie onto laces ? Last thing you want to do at the end of a tough half is bend down and take it off. Plenty of other halves have them attached to the race number (see Conwy, Rivington, Wilmslow) Bit chaotic at end, but bag retrieval spot on, water and energy drinks all over the course. Great t-shirt. Will be back, but please consider timers on bib ?
Text service outstanding, results in less time it took me to get my bag. Date of review: May 13, 2012
In short: Awesome race, 10k of muddy fun In full: Last did this race in 2010, when it was very hot. This year it was pouring with rain, extremely muddy and again very very tough. Love all the Wilmslow races, all very scenic, all very tough and all for local great causes. One of the highlights of the race year. Date of review: April 27, 2012
In short: Windy windy windy windy In full: As ever, great race, was hoping for subd 1.40 (PB of 1.37 last year) but wind took care of that. Very happy though as put my all into it and was pretty much spent by the end.
Looking forward to next year.
(P.S. Huge mention for the marshalls in the horrible wind today. Top top marks Date of review: January 22, 2012
In short: Race of the Year In full: This is my favourite race of the year. Incredibly generous, this year including a very unique and very inkeeping with the feel of the race. medal.
The weather was apalling which made the incredibly enthusiastic marshals even more special. It doesn't matter how many times I run this race or how many time I practice the hills, its still a brutal race but a damn fine one for that.
I'm at here aching, sat in my t-shirt, eating my salt, moisteriing my feet with a transfer on my arm and can't wait to enter next year Date of review: December 11, 2011
In short: Tough as old boots, but great race In full: Love this race, still my PB course (1.38 from last year) God knows how. Obviously didn't do enough hill work as found it a lot tougher than last year, possibly because it was lovely and warm or the wind had blown up seemingly massive dunes of sand on the footpath on the way back. Great fun though, those last 3 miles seemed to never end. See you next year. Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful In full: What a superb weekend, 2 stunning races on 2 days sunny days. Tough courses, 2nd day made harder by efforts of the first. This was my 1st introduction to proper trail running and I am a convert, going to hate to go back to road running. Date of review: November 9, 2011
In short: Wouldn't say thie is the best half marathon in the UK, but its definitely in the top one In full: Love this race, they had a problem last year with bottle necks near the start, so they changed the route and fixed it. They also had an issue with running out of water so they increased them substantially. Very tough race in very warm conditions, especially the first mile and a half, but grin and bear it and you’ll be rewarded with breath taking views of the Horwich countryside.
Also have to say the goody bag is one of the best I’ve ever had, great tech t-shirt with recovery drink, powders, gels, hydrate powders, biscuits and all sorts of things.
One of the highlights of the year Date of review: October 1, 2011
In short: Great race, evil hills In full: Once again Stockport Harriers provide an outstandingly great value for money race in gorgeous surroundings. Tough as old boots but wonderfull support from the marshalls got me through. 1st race back after 4 months out with injury and I won a spot prize...Yayy
Roll on the Stockport 10 (Its the Goody Bag in the Stockport 10....) Date of review: July 8, 2011
In short: View from a injured runner (marshall) In full: How I normally run this race but got injured and marshalled instead and thought I’d give my perspective of a race from the other side of the fence. First of all I’ve got to say how much work goes into the race that people don’t know about both on and before the day. For example I got to the rugby ground at just before 8am and left after the last runner had crossed around 3ish and there were people there before and after me. I was giving out the goody bags at the end cheering and congratulating the runners finishing the race. Like to thank the runners as virtually everyone gave us a thumbs up at the end or a simple thank you, means a lot guys. 1 suggestion which I tried make on the day but was told it wasn’t a good idea. The water/powerade stations should either be before the goody bags or a bottle of water should be in the bags themselves. I know from experience in this race how thirsty you are at the end and the last thing you need is to work out what size t-shirt you need when all you want is some water. Great event, gutted I missed it and hope to be run it again next year