In short: Fantastic Race In full: Gales, hailstones, rain, mud, sunshine, stunning scenery, great organisation, fantastic atmosphere – which all went to make this the most fun I have ever had in a pair of shorts!
Well done to the organisers for getting this on despite bad weather earlier on in the day.
In short: Good tough half – needs a showground start In full: Positive Points
Loads of drinks stations, lovely scenic course, the showground is a great venue, friendly attitude from all involved in the organisation, registration, marshals etc. Good facilities and activities to keep spectators occupied.
Registration – ridiculously early, presumably to match the transport to the start of the half. Don’t understand why the half doesn’t start from the showground. It seems like we were being bussed out like the poor relations to the marathon to a lonely field in the middle of nowhere.
The route – pity the organisers couldn’t liaise with the council to ensure the hedgerows on the A5 were trimmed in time for the race, because with such close proximity to traffic, the choice was become road kill or be slashed to death by brambles!
Medal- I’ve had better, would it have been too much trouble to have the name of the event on it?
I love this race, have been doing this event (10K normally) for four years, but it seems to me that the standards are slipping a bit. May do this again but that depends on if there is showground start for the half.
In short: Hot!! In full: Really enjoyable race, especially as it was the inaugural event. Very friendly, well thought out course, loads of friendly marshals – no chance of the lead runners getting lost here, especially as there was an efficient lead cyclist ensuring a clear run back to the finish.
Cheap entry fee, well organised and all for a good cause. Will be back next year, well done to everyone involved.
In short: Shocking In full: I don’t think you could call this a ‘good run for all’:
• Initial debacle over the race permit • Inaudible tannoy system • Missing mile markers • 15 minute delay (which those at the back knew nothing about) • Dangerous flouting of UKA rules re water stations • No T-shirt, even though it was advertised/promised (again) • Not-so goody bag – Vaseline?!! Say no more…. • Timing problems at the end • No start/finish gantry • Missing medals in bags • Ridiculous car parking arrangements - what was wrong with using the field as in other years? • Inadequate toilets (again) • Etc, etc, etc, etc, etc….
As for the water, didn’t the organisers think that it would be better instead of ‘estimating’ the water needed and putting people in danger, they may have been better putting 5,000 bottles on the route instead of in the bag at the finish when many people can get water then anyway?
And the question has to be asked if they ‘estimated’ for the 5,314 people that had entered (not including those entering on the day) and there were only actually 4,064 runners, presumably the estimated figure should have been well over and there would have been plenty of water for all, imagine if the extra 1,000+ runners had taken part?
Bring back FLM!!!!! If not, I have a feeling Wilmslow may fill up even quicker next year.