In short: Another well organised Wilmslow Half. In full: The only real issue was the water at the end. It was about 20 degrees when most people finished and the only water was in tiny cups at the very far end of the finish funnel. Would have prefered a bottle to have been offered as soon as possible after crossing the finish.
Would have been nice to have been offered a Female small T-shirt, as a small bloke's one drowns me which is a shame, because the actual design is nice and subtle.
Marshalling and support along the course was fabulous, best I've ever seen it. Nice to see Emmerdale's Tony Audenshaw popping along to cheer and high-five around the 12 mile mark. Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: Basic, but definite PB-territory In full: There's lots of people complaining here, but this is a great race. It's basic, but it does the job and is much better value than 'the other one'. They do need to sort the traffic issue out - was it really necessary to close Alan Turing Way so early?
There are plenty of toilets round the back of the stadium if you follow the signs. Only a 2 min wait there 15mins before the race.
The race itself is fast, a bit undulating in places and erm, 0.12 miles short, but I'm still counting the PB. ; )
You don't come to East Manchester for the scenery but you do get to marvel at the chasm between the Commonwealth Games regenertation and the un-regenerated areas right next door.
It is the most random goody bag ever. I got a pen and a spiderman pin badge, my friend got some Vicks breatheasy tablets and a lanyard. Very odd. Would've been nice to have a banana or something nutritious. Despite reports to the contrary there were cadets walking round with pallets of water, but I guess they could have been easy to miss. Date of review: July 5, 2010
In short: A great event - but the course changes are Zzzzz In full: Another great GMR, but the marshalls do nothing to stop people starting in the wrong wave which caused lots of over-crowding. The changes to the course have made it really dull between 4-7k (bring back the OT tunnels!)
Still managed a PB though, and as always I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 23, 2009
In short: Friendlier than expected, needs chip timing. In full: The start was very congested and chip timing is definitely needed here.
I agree with others that the pre-race material is quite arrogant and off-putting for beginners.
The 2:35 limit seems harsh too, and may put a lot of people off. Would the organisers really have hauled the V80 man who came in fourth from last off the course? A lot of the later roads didn't reopen til 2pm anyway, so that gave runners 3:30 to complete the course.
However - the Wilmslow and Mobberley locals were fantastic and friendly in their support, as were the marshalls.
It's not as flat and fast as people make out, but there's some great scenery (interspersed with low-flying jumbos jets taking off from Mcr airport) and definitely a race worth doing. Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: A good 10k, but the hills hurt In full: A good run round Heaton Park, nice quick first couple of kilometres but then the hills hit. The one at 6k went on for ever!
Needed better organistaion at the start, being given 2 mins to get into position was pushing it with 1200 starters, and I felt sorry for the faster runners who got stuck at the back. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: Great race - shame about the chip timings In full: Good fast race, a few hills but not too bad. Great to finish on the track and a very friendly welcoming atmosphere. The marshals were lovely and supportive. OK, the scenery isn't all that pretty, but you get to admire the Sportcity complex which is a great Commonwealth Games legacy.
I was dreading the laps, but the decreasing nature of them was a real psychological boost.
One bad thing - the timing chips didn't work very well. My official chip time matched my gun time exactly, which doesn't make sense as I didn't cross the line as the gun went off. I'm not the only one this happened to, and you expect more for the money you pay.
I'll be back next year, but I hope they get a better timing system. Date of review: June 25, 2007