In short: It's amazing how fun driving rain can be! In full: Arriving in Warrington in torrential rain was not the ideal start to a race, but the interesting course, great atmosphere and knocking 8 minutes off my PB made it all worthwhile!
The spectators were really encouraging, the organisation was generally good and the mars bar at the end was very welcome! I wasn't expecting any off-road sections but they were a nice change from the roads and it certainly broke up the race.
My only small gripe would be, as others have said, that the race pack that came in the post did not include race numbers or chips. We arrived soon after 7.30 to only a small queue, so it wasn't to big a deal but it does seem strange to bother to send race packs out without the only things you really need!
I would definitely do the race again, and fingers crossed for a sunny day next year! Date of review: October 4, 2010