In short: toughest half ive ever done but scenery is beautiful In full: i run this with my mate who unfortunately hadnt trained very much and it showed. Didnt help matters when we started 5 mins late and took us til 2 miles to catch the back marker. By 8 miles he was finished after taking on the hills and it spoiled my race. However the scenery i got chance to take in were simply stunning. The race begins with a steep 3 mile incline before dropping down half a mile and then by mile 4 you had reached the top and you sweep down 3 miles. This part of the course is beautiful running through the countryside with the sheep literally at the side of you.The support is as expected very thin as you are running in the middle of nowhere but the runners were friendly enough. You finish in the beautiful setting of the pavilion gardens and as i said by the time we'd finished most of the support had thinned out,i imagine it wouldve been wuite good for most of the other runners. This race is certainly a challenge and should not be tried as your first half! thoroughly enjoying though, thankyou Buxton, i'll be back next yr :) Date of review: May 29, 2011
In short: ABSOLUTE DISGRACE!!! In full: I've never complained about a race before but im afraid i have to do with this one. I did the legacy event in bolton 2 weeks ago and that was alright but this was a joke! i entered the 5k and entered my 3 yr old in the fun run. Main race starts at 10 and fun run at 11(or so the website would have you believe) We was told we had to start at the same time!! so after 14mins of running 2km with my 3 yr old i then had to run another 3 quarters of a km to rejoin the 5k race by this point i was nearly at the back!! at the finish we got another cheap t shirt,identical to the one i got in bolton( i imagine all the legacy event race t shirts are going to be the same so no point in doing them all) . Not quite sure where my £10 went then. Then when i finally finished the 5km( or more like 6km with the fun run) i found out that the fun runners (my 3yr old) werent getting medals as promised and advertised but simply a small mens t shirt!!! Ive had to complain about all this and dont know if anything will come of it,but the thing was a joke. Date of review: May 22, 2011
In full: i only did the 5k as i was running the fun run with my 3 yr old. It turned out to be a decent race as well. Some of the trails were quite wet but thats not the organisers fault lol. Ample car parking space(free) on the reebok and a warm up inside the premier suite for anyone interested and there seemed to be a really good family atmosphere inside even though some top runners were in attendance. Along with the runners were Bolton Wanderers players and the kids had the opportunity to meet lofty the lion :)Bit disappointed to see just 400 runners turn up at a location which is very easy accesible, i put that down to lack of advertisement around the town, maybe fliers and posters couldve been put up around Bolton in food outlets like subway. Also i never saw any advertising in the Bolton News which was disappointing. A lot of the volunteers didnt actually know where the 5k ended or where the kids race started so there were a few problems there but nothing major and im sure they'll be ironed out for next yr but hopefully the organisers will advertise the race better next yr.
In short: excellent race in the sun In full: first time of doing this run and it really is a very good race. Excellent organisation and a very nice place to finish were you can meet family/friends and stay around for a while after the race. Transport back to the finish for free if you needed it and there was free refreshments at the finish( tea,coffee,orange,hot x buns and toast!!) This really is a good race which seems very popular with all abilities catered for. Will be back next year,hopefully it will be slightly milder Date of review: April 24, 2011
In short: very nice little trail race In full: this is a decent little race which i will be back for nxt yr. A little clubby but that didnt seem 2 b any sort of problem. Stewards were very friendly all the way round,possibly the best stewards ive come across in running. My only little gripe was no water on the way round, u usually wouldnt need it on a 5 miler but with the weather so hot,i couldve done with just wetting my mouth. All in all a very good race which i would definately recommend for all levels of runners Date of review: April 10, 2011
In short: fast course but lack of atmosphere and organisation In full: this is my 3rd yr of running this. I bust my knee 12 months ago and ive not run since, literally not even a training run,so after piling on 4 stone and no training whatsoever i never even expected to complete it! However,i got round with my mate and was helped round with the very friendly runners :) Like i said,the course is quick, nice scenery coming down the prom and through sefton park. However this yr i was a little disappointed. Major roadworks on edge lane coming into the city meant a lot of us arriving bang on time or late meaning no time to warm up. Maybe those of us not from liverpool couldve been pre warned. Then when we got to the start,it was chaos with people queueing everywhere for loos,trying to get in the very compact starting pen and also the spectators all getting mixed in. Hopefully with the race getting ever more popular this can be addressed and sorted for next yr. Another gripe i had was the lack of spectators on the course,there seems to be less and less every yr and this yr the weather was very nice. My final moan is the goody bag,i know for some reason we werent supposed to get 1 this yr,but after receiving it,i just didnt see the point in it.
I know it sounds like im doing a lot of moaning but the issues im bringing up are ones that can be tweaked and sorted for nxt yr(obviously the spectator one we cant sort). The medal was fantastic this yr and the spectators at the finish were superb and the stewards over the last couple of miles were very encouraging :)
Hopefully for next yr with all the extra runners we should surely start in pens now with regards to your estimated time just like they do in most other big races around the country and hopefully bring back the decent goodybag
Thankyou to all the friendly runners,volunteers,spectators and Alan and Yvonne,hopefully back next yr Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: a city half with room for improvement In full: I've been officially running now for 12 months, with this race being my first race last year. Basically, the race was the same as last year with regards to course,organisation and so on but this time i was injured so instead of doing 1.44 i did 2.18 and if i have any grumbles whatsoever it's only really that the support on route really is quite dull. It is superb at the start and end but it's the inbetween bits were it gets a bit dull(massive thanks though for those who did turn out considering the cold weather). Better medal this year and t-shirt is excellent but bit disappointed with the goody bag. That said, i will be back next year though(injury permitting) and hopefully be back up with the leaders. Big thanks to Alan and the crew for the organisation though.Well done to everybody Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: excellent support on a quite hilly course In full: 1) people please be honest with your estimated times, maybe it needs a faster runner knocking you over and getting crushed for you to be honest! idiots 2) quite a few hills on this quite dull course,i'm sure there are more flat roads in Birmingham as well as more scenic ones.
Thats the bad points, now the good ones
1)excellent support all round the course and i mean top drawer, people offering you orange,drinks and jellybeans(the 2 young girls-bless them) 2)excellent amount of water and lucozade stops 3)people have complained but i thought the number of toilets was excellent, not much queing. 4)excellent medal,goody bag,key ring and t shirt 5)kelly holmes 6)coming down the m6 from bolton i found the start easy to find,lots of parking.
Will i be back? Not sure, them hills finished me off and made miles 11-13 unenjoyable but crowd was excellent Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: fast 10k park run but slow enough at the back for beginners In full: Judging by the times this was a very fast field up top and plenty slow enough at the back to suit all runners. Medal(as always in Liverpool races) was very good as was the t-shirt.I took 2 mins off my pb to come home in 40.57, would've been a bit closer to 40 had we not done the last 400 metres or so on grass and an uphill finish! overall though the course is flat with a few downhills thrown in as well. Only 2 complaints, both are familiar with all races though, why can't slower runners listen clearly and start at the back! Also, when i'd finished the support on the run in was incredible, shame that when the poor girl come in last in 1hr 37mins there was our group of 7 there to cheer her on, must be pretty demoralising coming home last and everyones sodded off, show a little bit of respect for ALL runners next time. Date of review: October 4, 2009
In short: quick 5k course In full: organisation was spot on,very welcoming, fast course, quite expensive i thought for a 5k but i suppose roads had to be closed. Only real grumble was no chip timing, you have to trust everyone to record their own time, there was 11 of us and it didn't really affect us but if my team came 2nd overall by a few seconds then you can't really believe that everyone has been honest, would've been nice for a t shirt thrown in as well, overall, nice friendly fast 5k run Date of review: September 20, 2009