In short: Just perfect In full: It's hard to believe this was the first time this race had been run - it was SO much better organised than other races, whose organisers could learn a lot by paying this one a visit. This race now needs to become a permanent fixture, so I hope the wider running community gets behind it, especially as it's for charity.
I echo almost all the other comments on here, but think you should ignore the people who said this was only a '60% PB potential' course. This is ABSOLUTELY a '100% PB potential' course. The POTENTIAL is there, but you'll not run a PB on any course with 40mph headwinds for half of it! You just have to hope for the best on the day. Date of review: February 7, 2011
In short: A great challenging course - welll organised In full: Thanks to the organisers for allowing this race to go ahead despite the icy patches in places. As adults, I'm firmly of the opinion that we should be responsible enough to make our own minds up unless conditions are really bad. All in all, this was a 'well above average' race. Pace it right and you could still get a half decent time despite the inclines in the first half. Get your pacing wrong and go out too fast and you'll most likely suffer!! Be warned!! Date of review: December 19, 2010
In short: Definitely one of the best 10-mile races in the North West In full: Really enjoyed this one.... ..excellent pre-race instructions and map ..easy to get to and easy parking ..good facilities at Race HQ ..well organised ..supportive marshalls ..safe and fast course I'll be back next year. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Hilly In full: Agree with DanRan in that courses like this will help you ran a PB elsewhere. My point though is that courses like this should be advertised as such, but not as road races when they are mostly trail with numerous gates. Disagree with DanRan when he says not as hilly -I ran a HILLY cross country the day before at Witton Park in Blackburn which had 1150 feet of climb. This 'mildly undulating' course had 1100ft of climb which is one third the height of England's highest mountain. I don't actually mind hills and/or undulations, but organisers should have an obligation to accurately describe the course. I've run over 150 races and out of ALL of them, this is the one where the course differed most from the type of run I expected. Date of review: November 19, 2010
In short: Misleading to say the least In full: Like many others, I thought I was coming for a slightly undulating ROAD race, as advertised. Being a local and knowing the mildly undulating roads in the area, I entered this for a PB attempt. Little did I know it was a bendy, significantly undulating course that was downright steep in many places. You also needed to stop several times during the course to wend your way through 'kissing gates' where the trails crossed the roads I thought we were going to be running on. In the best shape of my life, I was over 3 minutes outside my PB! I'm not best pleased! Had this been advertised as a mixed road/TRAIL race, I would have had totally different expectations and would have been pleased with the organisation, course, marshalling, facilities and so on. As it is, I feel let down by the misrepresentation. At least some of my entry went to a good cause.
In short: Inaugural race sets high standards to live up to next year. In full: The first running of this race went like clockwork due to the hard work of the organiser who must be congratulated. I've already bookmarked this for next year - get your entries in early because word will spread quickly and places will be limited. Two undulating miles warmed you up nicely for a tough spell in the middle before a welcome descent back to Whitechapel Village Hall. (Don't expect a PB - there's more to running than than that!). A very friendly race and suitable for beginners from a logistical perspective, but the course itself may not be the best introdution to 10k's for some. For more experienced runners however, I felt that the course was an absolute belter - hard enough to test you out yet leave you with enough energy left to fully enjoy the sense of achievement at the end. NOTE TO ORGANISER:- Areas for improvement - NONE - please don't change anything! Date of review: May 9, 2010
In short: Average race overall. Good organisation bu t pricey for what you get. In full: Pre-race - ample toilets (but are there ever really enough?). Bag storage, massages and sports kit reseller all available in the hotel.
Start location - enough free street parking made arrival and departure relatively easy compared to other races this size.
PB?? Definite possibility if weather is kind like this year.
Organisation was generally above average with good marshalls and well-signed trafic-free course.
No goody bag, water on course in cups not sports bottles, no chip-timing. Not really an issue for me, but why then is this race so expensive compared to other similar ones? If it wasn't so local, I don't think I'd bother again. Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: Distinctly average. In full: A nice enough run with good PB potential. Organisation needs improving across the board. Very little support on route can't be helped for smaller events, so don't expect crowds next year. Would have liked a 'marathon' T-shirt and medal rather than the combined ones for all three distances - 10k, half marathon & marathon. (More difficult though for lower profile races, I accept) Would also have liked a T-shirt with 'Inaugural' spelt correctly! (NOT 'inaugral'). I can't see myself ever wearing it as a result. At least this won't be a problem next year!!
In short: If you only want one race a year, make it this one!! In full: Excellent organisation, support and marshals. Easy access, well sign-posted and free parking at the start. Frequent water station, showers and sponges - more than any other race of this size I've ever entered. Fab souvenir Freckleton Half Marathon towel at the end. Well done again Brian and Co.
PS - where were all those looooonnggg HILLS (!) that have been mentioned by a few other forumites???. OK, it's not a perfectly flat course, but it's still a PB course, even allowing for a few SHORT and GENTLE gradients along the way. Date of review: June 24, 2009