In short: Great For Kids In full: Bruntwood Park - June 17th 2007 Lady Slugge & I took our 2 boys (aged 7 and 4) round, and they both enjoyed it very much. Very cute to see them with race numbers pinned on, and with medals/bottles of water at the finish! Bruntwood Park absolutely ideal for this sort of event (easily reached, scenic and large kiddies play area for before/after). SUPERB organisation by Manchester Harriers - they'll even be issuing full results on their website, so can show the littluns their names in lights on t'internet!
In short: Half Marathon Heaven In full: Glorious scenery meant that I hardly noticed I was running at all for a long while - this cunning ruse led to a PB! Loved the downhills near the end - just need to train for them next time! Can't recommend this race highly enough. :o)
In short: Small But Perectly Formed! In full: Well signposted from main road; Easy parking & registration right at the Start/Finish; Shorter Fun Run starting 1 minute after main race; Lovely Cheshire country lanes - roads not actually closed, but didn't see a single car! Nice medal at end; All for bargain entry price!
Steady downhill incline in 5th km, steady uphill in 8th km, otherwise pretty flat. PB for me, so can't complain!
In short: Does What It Says On The Tin In full: Very well organised, undulating 5 mile trail race. The undulations and the loose, fine-gravelly surface would make obtaining a PB difficult, but not impossible. One 1 mile loop, followed by 2x2 mile loops, mean that the runners pass/reach the spectators at the finish on 4 separate occasions, and with the announcer reading out names and the almost constant flow of runners at different speeds passing by, this is an excellent race for the spectators. Entry price of 6 quid (including T-shirt) is amazingly generous. Very hot this year, but now have a course PB that I can go back to beat in the future... Date of review: April 16, 2007
In short: Lovely Course, Well Organised, What More Do You Want! In full: Course through quiet, narrow country-lanes, made all the more picturesque by evening sunshine. Slightly downhill first 1.75M, then slowly back up, made this a very quick course as far as I'm concerned (I took 70secs off my PB!). Organisation was faultless. Can't think of any reason why I won't be doing this ever year from now on... THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED.
In short: Great Day Out In full: Reviewing this on behalf of Mrs Slug, who's first ever race this was (the Ladies 4M that is). 2 laps in/around Victoria Park (near the sea-front, where they have the flower-show apparently) - lots of doubling-back and looping around made it good for spectating/supporting. Small but enthusiastic crowds and supportive marshals. Flat, so good PB potential, but if windy (which it was) and with the sharp turns, possibly not so good for those looking for a VERY fast time.
Clan Slug then went on to have a nice seasidey day out too (although somebody seemed to have taken the sea away!).
In short: My New Fave Road Race! In full: Alright, this was only my 15th ever race, but it has replaced the Derwentwater 10 as my fave road race. AWESOME "Calendar Material" scenery (helped by glorious weather); Marvellous undulating course - very little flat, but all nicely runnable uphills and downhills; Clockwork organisation (they've obviously got it down to a fine art).
One to keep coming back to - now I have a course PB to aim for! Date of review: March 27, 2007
In short: Well Organised, Good Sized Race, With PB Potential In full: Great out-and-back course (North Shore Car Park to Windmill and back), with sea in view most of the time. Flat as pancake, and mainly tarmac/concrete, so 100% PB Potential. Few spectators due to atrocious weather, but marshals friendly/encouraging. Very well organised, and novel experience to get changed in a fire station hall! Overall, shame about the strong wind/rain, which kiboshed PB on the day, but will deffo come back another year... Date of review: March 5, 2007
In short: Perfectly Formed Trail Race In full: Whoever designed this course is a genius! Constantly varying gradients (gentle up, gentle down, steep up, steep down, very little flat!), conditions underfoot (well-made trail, rocky path, squidgy cross-country) and environment (woodland, riverside, open field), meant that the miles just flew by and left you wanting more.
Plenty of competent/helpful marshals, and even a few knots of spectators egging on the particpants. Water and jaffa-cakes at finish.
This is one of the closest races to where I live, so I intend to do this every year from now on, but would recommend it to people coming from further afield. Date of review: January 15, 2007