In short: Mudfest! With added hills. In full: Great race through mud, long grass, woods, up a killer hill (twice for the half marathon), down a breakneck descent and then a sprint to the finish for cake and drinks. Fantastic stuff! Really well organised and friendly race. My only slight gripe is that after such a slog I'd have liked a medal or t-shirt to remember it by. Date of review: June 9, 2014
In short: Flat, fast and fun (up to a point!) In full: As others have said this is definite PB territory (and I nailed one by all of 15 seconds). The organisation was pretty good overall and the spectators really gave it a fantastic atmosphere, calling your name and shouting support along almost all of the course. I know I'm in the minority here but I liked the water pouches, never used them before but thought they were really convenient - didn't spill all over me and when I wanted a big gulp I just bit the top off! The scenery is perhaps a little tame compared to the Sea to Sky Highway but it's not hideous. I have a soft spot for Manchester, having lived there until 10 years ago and I'm really glad that I ran this race! Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Still aching! In full: I don't think it was quite as bad as some of the other reviewers. Needed another water station with proper, clean water at both to be worth the money and the announcements at the start needed to be louder. The rest was pretty good though. I think it was a full 13.1 miles - my legs are certainly telling me so today! - the 10k route veered off through the woods a couple of miles from the end. Great scenery, with a hideous muddy climb from river level up to the top of the gorge. And we got to do it twice - brilliant! The marshals were really friendly and encouraging as were many of the dog-walkers, hikers and cyclists encountered on the course. Date of review: November 11, 2013
In short: Great run through the countryside In full: I love this kind of race when it's done well, and this one really was! Silky smooth organisation and a lovely undulating run through the countryside. Choice of medal or T-shirt at the end was good. Thanks to all the marshals and organisers. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Another great run in the country. In full: Thanks once again to the organisers who delivered another great race this year. An undulating course with a bit of a challenging climb saved till the end - makes the delicious cakes all the better! Always a really friendly experience. Since stumbling upon this race in 2011 I've been back every year (a 200 mile round trip) and will definitely be back next time too. Date of review: August 7, 2013
In short: What goes down must come up! In full: As the race starts and finishes in the same place, is gently downhill for the first few miles, then just about flat for 8-9 miles, you have a bit of a climb towards the finish - not entirely unexpected! Definite PB potential though if it wasn't for the windy conditions. Smooth organisation, nice scenery, quality medal and a cheer, cereal bar and banana to finish. What more can you ask for?! Enjoyed this one and I'll be back.
In short: Loved this race! In full: The organisation was great and everyone involved was so so friendly. Thanks to you all. The scenery was fantastic - narrow wooded roads, rolling open fields, coastline, hills, picturesque villages, it had it all. After all of the, ahem, 'undulations' in the first half of the race, a victory (well nearly - definitely top 200 anyway!) lap of the track at the Foote's Lane stadium to finish topped it off nicely. As it was quite a small field, I ran much of the race alone and really enjoyed the experience, but the support from locals and tourists alike when you arrived in the more populated areas felt really personal and was truly uplifting. Nice medal, great technical t-shirt, decent goody bag and a pub practically on the finishing line. What more could you want? Date of review: August 29, 2012
In short: A killer - but great fun! In full: My first off-road foray – and what a race to choose for a debut. Two killer ascents followed by suicidal descents (more akin to rock climbing than running – will have to invest in some ropes and crampons for next year!). Oh, and then followed by another hill a mile or so from the end which was just steep and long enough to toy with your will to live.
Thanks very much to everyone involved. Great race, friendly and encouraging marshals, great organisation, great cakes. What more can I say? Will definitely be back for more next year!