In short: Fantastic course and atmosphere In full: This is a lovely course along the Wirral coast, with all of the route off road. The weather is key to chances of a PB here: this year there was a strong headwind after the turn for home which came as a shock to most.
The race is in a good cause and those with GPS will consider this probably the world's greatest 9.7K!
In short: Fantastic atmosphere In full: Brilliant, well organised race. Route very flat: definite PB potential if you happen to get a cool day at 2pm on Father's day! Great support from the local residents. Date of review: June 30, 2010
In short: Fast course, well organised race. In full: 9am start strangely enjoyable. As a late entrant, no problems collecting race pack on day. Start was smooth, without the usual stragglers starting from the front.
Would prefer to pay lower entry fee for a 10k, but if a good chunk goes to Epilepsy Action, happy to part with the sixteen squid.
Bradford town centre is not currently the most scenic (the old cinema is decaying, the old copshop is semi-demolished and the Broadway development is still a work (not) in progress, ie a pile of rubble). Stay away if you run for the scenery. Sign up if you're chasing a PB and like a well-organised race. Date of review: March 24, 2010
In short: Nice flat course and good facilities In full: 11am start was useful for us non-locals. Weather was perfect with a nice chill and no rain. The course is flat bar a small hill around mile 7 making this a potential PB course (which I achieved so happy).
The flooded footpath came as a shock and took the bounce out of my legs for the last 3-4 miles (that's my excuse anyway).
Being able to use the Sports Centre facilities was nice, as were the coffe and biscuits.
Hope to be back next year. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Nice atmosphere at start/finish with some good climbs en route In full: My home town so had to have a bash at this inaugural 10 mile race, and precursor to the Bradford Marathon 2010. The two loops from Town Hall to Lister and Bowling parks give a flavour of next year's 26.2 mile 5-looper.
The pre-race atmosphere was good. Messrs Stretch and Armstrong brought some humour to proceedings and the race start was a smooth one. Bradford is a much nicer place when cars do not dominate the city. People said the mile markers were way out, but I only saw 2 of them so have no idea. (They may well have been prominent, I'm just not very observant!).
Hopefully the organisers will sort out the fiasco at the finish line. Like many, I sprinted for the first finish line and jogged past the second. Had I not scraped my target by 3 secs despite this, I would have been livid! Must admit to laughing at everyone else make the same mistake, which helped pass the time until the O/H finished. Wearers of the dreaded i-pods were especially amusing as they couldn't hear the crowds screaming at them to carry on running!
I expect a 5 loop marathon course next year to be very challenging. I measured 210m of ascent in this race so expect 500m+ in next year's marathon. Think that may be one for the hardcore (or the insane, so I will defo consider it). Tip for anyone training for the future guises of this race: stick a few hilly tempo runs into your schedule: living in Bradford I'm used to running hills but running them at race pace is a tad different! Hopefully there'll be a half marathon/5-miler as well as relays and fun-run.
In summary a great race and look forward to next year.