In short: Well organised, friendly event In full: Had a good day, got a PB...so obviously going to give a good review. It did seem to be a well organised and well supported event, even with the new route starting and finishing in the town centre. Starts in town, then into country roads which are sometimes slightly undulating, then back into town, through the rugby stadium and then to a red carpet finish. Nice to have loads of food to pick from at end, and a little festival to hang out at. Recommended. Date of review: September 20, 2015
In short: Pretty good 10k around Manchester Eastlands In full: Nice to start and finish on a running track. Route fairly flat around Man City ground and surrounding area. Support mostly light apart from near football ground and athletics track. T-shirt, medal and some granola stuff in goody bag. Beginner and family friendly with a toddler race also. Start about 5mins late due to making sure road closures secure. Ron Hill was there which was cool. Would do it again as local to me. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Great value race In full: This was my first time at Helsby Half. A good race, a few hills along the way, a nice long downhill towards the end which helped me get a PB. Nice route through country lanes. Didn't see the problems with baggage collection as got there quite early for pick up, but did notice the bags were all piled up and seemed to be in no particular order. Luckily my bag was sitting on top so could see it. Surely that will be better organised next year. Also not really enough room at the start with cars in carpark, but that is a minor gripe in what was a very successful, very good value race. Will definitely be back. Date of review: January 20, 2014
In short: Friendly, well organised race. In full: 2nd time for me. Was a tough day...got a bit warm out there...but the race is excellent. They know how to look after runners. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Loved it. In full: First time...had a FGFA place which was useful if want to get off to a quick start (bit too quick in my case). Hard to compare against any other UK marathon as is on such a bigger scale. Hopefully I will be back for more. Date of review: April 29, 2013
In short: Well organised scenic race In full: Have done this race several times...and this was definitely the coldest! That wind in the last few miles was most unwelcome, please try avoid that for next year organisers. This is a well managed event, there are loads of marshalls on the route...they must have been freezing out there! I expect will be back again next year, weather permitting.
In short: Sets the standard for other marathons In full: Had a brilliant day. A new PB and sub 3 so very chuffed. All helped by a really well organised event....from the fantastic marshalling to the baggage storage and kids events, just made the whole day for me. Will never forget it. They were lucky with the weather though - if had been wetter the race course mud may ruin things a bit. Date of review: October 8, 2012