In short: 3rd Tunnel in a row and with organisation & the potential for a pb I'll be back every year In full: Any race that provides you with a unique experience (running thru the tunnel) would be high up my list anyway when you throw in excellent organisation (as all L1310 races are), superb value for money (others please take note) and a fast course this is an essential race for me. Yes the coming out of the tunnel is an incline but I have found I more than make up for that lost time with the decline into the tunnel and on the 4K down the promenade. I've heard some complain about the scenery and yes its a tunnel but the last 4K down the prom provides excellent views of Liverpool not that you'll notice as you'll be motoring on your way to a fast time. I've done this race 3 times and my two fastest ever times were set here. Its races like this that make me despair of other races who get it so wrong maybe Mr Rothwell and his team should produce an idiots guide! Date of review: June 6, 2008
In short: No mile markers and poor value for money let down what could be a good race In full: Distance markers are an essential for any race so not too have them is an immediate severe black mark in my book. I also did not understand why even those who had their number had to que to register on the day, surely by signing up we have fulfilled any health and safety requirements. £16 is also a bit steep when all you get is a pair of socks which were obviously provided by the sponsor. That said there were positives which almost redeemed the race, I liked the course challenging but interesting set in a nice enviroment. Very spectator freindly due to the multiple laps and a place for them to get refreshments. In conclusion a MUST do better, if I hear next year there are mile markers and its better value for money I'll be back. Date of review: March 10, 2008
In short: Passing a mile marker 3 times isn't the most fun but this is very much the tesco of half marathons decidingly average. Nothing too much to complain about but also nothing much to recommend it Date of review: February 29, 2008
In short: No mile marker and poor finish let down what was otherwise a nice little race. In full: This is one of those races were a negative split is never going to happen as all the hills and tricky terrain come in the second half. The marshalls were plentiful and relatively encouraging I especially liked the one with the jelly babies. Having said that there were a couple of major let downs. There were no mile markers which made pacing quite hard and I think markers are an essential fundamental. The finish was also very unclear with some peolpe stopping before the non existant finish line. I don't enter races for a goody bag but not to get any sort of momento is a bit of a let down. Date of review: February 17, 2008
In short: Not one for the pb chasers but great if your after a race that will challenge you and give you a sense of accomplishment with supportive marshals at every turn.n In full: My club mates and I do a lot of races and this is one of the ones that will become a permanent fixture in our calender. You probably won't get a pb but if you limit yourself to races that you may get pbs on then you are missing out on excellent races such as this one. The first 3k include some steep hills that slow you down dramatically, but the views that you get are well worth the climb. As the organisers themelves say what goes up must come down and there are some very fast downhill sections that compensate a bit and make your overall time not as bad as you thought it would be after the hills; definately a negative split race. The start and finish is on a track with great facilities that will keep non running friends happy. A nice momento rounds off a great day. Date of review: February 10, 2008
In short: Your not going to get a pb but if you ignore this race you'll be missing out on a real treat. In full: Yes there are hills with the one at about 5 being the real beast but don't let that detract from what is a quality race. Yes the start was delayed so everyone could get their number but at least everyone got one. To start and finish on a track is always nice and to say it is well marshalled doesn't come even close to doing them justice. Bananas, milkshakes & juice at the finish plus without doubt the maddest goody bag ever (i liked the fleece hat, the meal worm and googly eye just left me perplexed!) make this a race that will have me coming back. Date of review: December 11, 2007
In short: Flawless organisation mean this race deserves a larger field In full: Running a half marathon on manchester area roads without police help should have been a recipe for disaster. But with superb organisation, friendly numerous marshalls Swinton Running club showed how it should be done. Flawless organisation and a nice route and finish mean this race should have way more entries than it does. The lack of momento (only a pen) mean the only thing you'll have to show from this race is a memory of a well run race (and a pb for me!) Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: Shambolic from start to finish more Multi Distance than multi terrain In full: Well that should have been renamed Worsley Multi Distance Run. Shambolic doesn't even come close to describing it. More entries than t shirts or goodie bags so those towards the back of the field didn't get anything. Sending the fastest runners the wrong way is an interesting way of handicaping the field. But I think adding an extra mile on for some was a bit harsh. No water at the end and a surprise start. Hard to get a pb for a 4.5 mile race when you end up doing 5.5! Should have known when a marshall was overheard asking before the race for a map only to be told there wasn't one.
Will be interesting to see how many (if any) turn up next year.
In short: Second Tunnel 10K for me and with organisation like that I'll be back again & again. In full: I agree with others that the city vs city thing is not really in keeping with the spirit. I think running thru the tunnel is a novel enough concept, having said that the extra sponsorship dosh brought in by Norwich Union was well spent with two water stations enroute and at the start and chip timing. The organisers of this race show how it can be done and set the bar for other races to aim for. Date of review: June 3, 2007
In short: Unusual route coupled with excellent organisation means I'll be back next year. In full: I was worried that the steep climb out of the tunnel would result in a slower than usual time but this wa sobviously countered by the descent entering the tunnel as I got a PB! Finishing along the seafront was nice too. Finishers medal/coin was nice but had the riginal finish date on (May 28) goody bag was respectable. Date of review: September 11, 2006