In short: Pretty decent race In full: Good course, mostly flat with a few inclines and just a couple of steep hills towards the end. Good crowd support in the city. Plenty of water stations and a couple of energy gel stations too. Decent medal and good technical T shirt. Overall well oganized with the only pain being that the finish location meant having to cross the race route with lots of runners still competing, stewards tried, but struggled to get lots of people across the road without disrupting those still running. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: Average race course needs work, as does the inadequate baggage arrangement In full: Second part of course mostly uphill, maybe needs looking at. 4 baggage buses in total for around 6000 runners meant a big queue at the end to retrieve bags. Decent medal and t shirt, race has real potential but needs a bit if rethinking. Main gripe was my running partner getting a completely spurious time from the chip system as in 1 hr 30 when she ran it in under an hour. Date of review: May 3, 2015
In short: Enjoyable half, worth the journey In full: Pleasant enough race. Well organised. Splitting the same colour waves is a great idea and helped cut down the inevitable congestion of a big field race. Great crowd support in the city centre. Decent goody bag and good T shirt. Only let down was the blandest medal I've ever received, why not put the same logo on it as on the T shirt? something unique rather that the generic '2013 finisher'...
In short: Mostly excellent course and good value In full: A really decent race. Good course, undulating in places but nothing too harsh. Rubbish weather of course meaning getting soaked and a bit cold, but well used to that now. Really good value with a decent medal and technical T shirt. Cheerful stewards. Only downers were the car park being over a mile from the start and car dodging being needed in some parts of the course. Otherwise a really good race some of the more established races could learn from. Hopefully do it again next year. Date of review: September 23, 2012
In short: Cold, wet and windy In full: Never been so cold and wet. No one could help the conditions, but the organisation of the race is another matter. Top class price paid for second rate organisation. Start was delayed needlessly, No gels by the time I got to the stations. Mud bath at Dunham was a joke, if I want to do multi terrain, I'll enter multi terrain races. Baggage problems at start and end of race well.. its all been said. Support was fantastic though, made me proud to be a mancunian. Date of review: May 18, 2012
In short: Great scenery, kind weather and a tacky 'memento' In full: Glorious scenery and for once kind weather made this a very memorable run. Not sure why this was billed as a 'flat' run, its hilly, my Garmin graph looks like a rollercoaster. Biggest disappointment was the bespoke slate medal advertised had somehow become a 'bespoke' plastic bottle...Whats that all about? (money?) Unforgivable Mr race organiser, took the shine off an otherwise enjoyable day out. Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: The good, the bad and the ridiculous In full: Should have been, could have been a great race. Ideal conditions, nice course, good support in places, expensive but happy to support the charity organising it. All turned a bit sour though with the extra 0.4 of a mile. Goody bag? what goody bag I didn't see one. 200 mile round trip to compete. Next year? Hmmm dont think so