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
In short: Mud, mud glorious mud (and big hills) In full: Very windy, very hilly, very puddle(y) very hard. Brilliant race, great atmosphere, fantastically encouraging marshalls, and the oranges at the end were better than any t-shirt or medals I've ever had. The thing I love about the off road races is the lack of any prententiousness that sometimes exists in road races. Many thanks to the lad who shouted me encouragement to "keep going" on the hill around 7 miles. Definitely be back next year. Top race Date of review: February 6, 2011
In short: Cracking Race Grommit In full: First time for the 4 villages and am a convert. Even though I missed out on my Conwy Half PB by 3 seconds (1.37)really enjoyed the run. I seemed to have missed the clock at mile 10, but it was a great idea. Obviously the start was a bit chaotic but, who cares, want to avoid it ? Then start nearer the front. Great day, great atmosphere, thanks for the free tea, coffee and biccies at the end. How did the lad with the 40 llb backpack get on ? Saw him at the Stockport 10, and managed to beat him by a couple of minutes. What a top bloke. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Best race of the year In full: I love the Stockport 10, home of the best goodybag and the friendliest marshalls in the UK. 2 tough hills, undulating course and great support all round. Only way to make it better is to provide chip timing for next year, not sure how much this would increase the price. Baragin at the moment, worth it for the t-shirt alone Date of review: December 12, 2010
In short: Great fun, got a PB ! In full: What a great race, yeah the start wasn't great as runners of all abilities were bunched together, but it must be very difficult to place timing zones in a narrow area.
Run up to the top of the Orme was never ending but the sprint down the other side was great fun. No queue when I finished but it was bad later on when friends finished around the 2 hour mark. This is easily fixed by having bags as you finish, or more stalls with the t-shirts.
Energy drink at the top would be good, but the idea of having gulp sized water is actually quite a good one, as that`s all you need.
All in all, cracking race, got round in 1.37, knocking 10 min off my previous best.
In short: Heaven is Hell In full: Finished Hell Runner, best race on my life, around 10 miles on killer hills, falling down muddy banks and wading through 4 foul stinking, up to my chest muddy bogs. Especially when I fell arse over tit over a branch and got a gob full, great stuff. Finished in around 1 hour 30, or something like that. Delamere Forrest, I salute you