In short: 3rd time lucky In full: I am keen runner & supporter of Jane Tomlinson events having done the half marathon last month too. This is the 3rd time I've run Hull 10k and I enjoy it. The weather was not on our side it didn't stop raining! Great fundraising event & a chance to showcase Hulls finest bits. The organisation was good my only minor moan is the corporate area at the front clogging up runners getting past however as its an event for all I am just glad they support the event so that we can run in hull. Date of review: June 4, 2012
In short: Great charity event In full: Really enjoyed my Leeds half experience although the first 6 miles were on an incline it was still enjoyable! I wasn't too keen on the start filtering us to line as it felt like space was limited but overall much better than last year. It was good to see local charities there and I liked that it felt like a charity event not as competitive even though I'm a keen runner I like to fundraiser to. Well done to the Jane tomlinson organising team.
Oh and the tech tshirt was fantastic - value for money entering fee! Date of review: June 4, 2012
In short: Costly but flat & friendly In full: This was the first time I took part in the Manchester 10k but previously I have done the Great North Run. The atmosphere at the start & finish is great, however the rest of the course is quite dull in terms of sites and support.
The highlights of the event were going through Old Trafford, the music zone and past the charity bus cheering points which lifted the spirits but apart from that there is nothing particularly special about this event.
What lets this event down is the sheer amount of participants and spectators lingering in the streets of Manchester. I took part in the Leeds Half only last weekend and to have an area where everyone can congregate like Millennium Square made the event - not only more enjoyable but also feel much safer. It was quite scary at times when trying to get to and from the start/finish, the sheer volume of people trying to get through something which should be addressed by the organisers.
The cost to enter the event is extremely high for a 10k event even more so when the finisher t.shirts were not good quality techincal t.shirts - again I paid alot less entry fee and ran more miles for my money at the Leeds Half Marathon I got a much better quality t.shirt and medal.
Overall I enjoyed my first Manchester 10k run getting a new PB but I wont be in a hurry to return to a 'Great Series' event...nothing that great about it. Date of review: May 20, 2012
In short: More bad points than good :( In full: Good Points... Beautiful city, great route overlooking the liverbirds, views of the cathedral, through the parks full of daffodils & back along the Mersey.
The stewards along the last mile were really supportive.
The volunteers on the water points were great!
Bad points... The start was overcrowded and no one had any idea what was happening due to the poor PA System which couldn't be heard.
The pacers were all stood together as they couldn't get into the starting area due to overcrowding of participants and spectators. Therefore it was impossible to get to a pacer from the start.
The stewards at the beginning of the event were pretty miserable, any form of support (even a smile!) would have been nice.
There were not enough toilets queues were horrendous and toilets were still arriving trying to fight through the crowds at 9.15am?!
There were no signs to the start of the event everyone was wandering around aimlessly looking for the start. Parking was horrendous and we left extra early as advised and a £5 charge!
The end of the event was manic everyone was queuing to get to the marquee to get out, at least a 20min wait an absolute shambles.
The cost of £29 to enter for a plastic bag filled with leaflets, loo roll and a horrific orange t.shirt - poor quality. More importantly no foil on hand at the end or in the bags which from experience at all other events I have taken part in (10k, half and full) I have always received one.
It seems a real shame that such a fantastic city cant even manage to organise a good event for the city. Hopefully this will be improved for the marathon in October.
Also some encouragement on the course would have been a plus for those of us running in 2hrs + those last few miles are hard. A suggestion would be some bands or cheering points for local people rather than people standing there watching maybe give them all something to wave/hit/make a noise and show some support, this would really enhance the participant and spectator experience. Look at the Great North Run - the route goes through some of the most awful areas but the support is immense!
In short: new pb In full: Good route around the park, pathways wide but lots of potholes. The event was busy but no atmosphere basically arrived to crowds around marquees for baggage and a few dodgey catering vans. Then the commentator asked everyone to line up fastest at the front everyone stood there for 15minutes no music just chatting. The event started on time, the course was fine and the general park users were great supporters shame about the stewards who were miserable and stood around smoking and texting. At the end of the event it was chaotic everyone crowding around to get their chip cut off and crossing each other to get thshirts and bags no logic here at all everyone was just trying to get out but couldnt. Could have been much better organised. Getting out of the car park was manic too as the stewards werent really paying attention. A good course shame about the organisation of the event field itself. I would maybe do again if less chaos Date of review: October 6, 2009
In short: 5k yes 10k no In full: Taken part in this event as its a charity i chose to support. It was not very well organised, not many signs up to tell us how far round we were and the marshals didnt really know where on the 10k we were at. Its a beautiful park but crossing into the other means crossing the road, and there were too many taking part to do 10k. In all a 5k would be fine but not 10k. Hope it is better in 2009. Date of review: January 24, 2009
In short: Not a great north run In full: With liverpool having such a great back drop of city landmarks it disapoints me that where the route went it missed most of them out. It was delayed at the start, there was no atmosphere at all in the park. On route cars were driving on the roads we were running on. The marshals were unfriendly and not supportive at all most were standing around on their phones or smoking. the route could be more imaginable, the start quicker as it was cold. couldnt hear what was going on as the radio station were not very loud. I did the great north run and the manchester 10k both have fantastic organisation and atmosphere to keep you running, unfortunately this race didnt. And the cost to take part was steep for the quality of race. disapointing for the so called city of culture. Date of review: January 24, 2009
In short: Santa saunter In full: Great atmosphere with everyone in the festive spirit & that kids could take part too, but the start and finish of the race were horrendously overcrowded. It was badly organised and despite trying to stay with kids it was hard as everyone was pushing/competetive.
Goodie bag was ok. tshirts ok.would probably choose to do a smaller santa dash nxt year. Date of review: January 24, 2009
In short: Sunny day, beautiful scenary, fantastic cause! In full: This is my first Run 10k event, it was really well organised and all the marshals on the course were really encouraging! A really nice atmosphere with everyone helping each other round the course! Would definately do it again, particularly because the venue is so attractive. Date of review: September 23, 2008