In short: Nice race, well organised, for charity. In full: Nice little race on quiet trails/roads. Well organised with lots of marshals. Results printed for collection afterwards. Few hills, but still PB potential. Great cause. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Quite a tough one. Great organisation. In full: Not the easiest of races. A few hills, but nothing too terrible. Halifax Harriers treat the last runner the same as the first, so great to see them looking after the slower runners. Not a very scenic one, but still a good race. Fantastic engraved glass memento. Date of review: January 12, 2011
In short: Nice countryside route, friendly marshals In full: Catforth is a quiet village, & this is a nice run on country roads. Not too hilly. Plenty of marshals & a sweeep bike, which have been missing at other races by this organiser, so good to see. Good meeting place at the village hall. Nice medal. Date of review: January 8, 2011
In short: Very friendly race, only one bad hill!! In full: Stockport Harriers are a friendly lot. Marshals were great. Most of the route is on the roads of Stockport, though there's a nice bit where you go off road through a farm. Only one bad hill really, that goes on for ages! I managed a PB by 5 mins, so it can't have been that hilly! Decent long sleeved tech t-shirt. Date of review: December 20, 2010
In short: Perfect little race. In full: This was one of my first ever races, 2 years ago, & I've done it 3 times now. Incredibly cheap, nice medal, fast, flat course, & nice little run round a park. The perfect first timers race, but still competitive at the front. Can't fault this one in any way. A classic Lord Shoestring race. Date of review: December 1, 2010
In short: Nice countryside route & great organisation. In full: I thought this was a lovely race. I loved the course along country lanes & Wesham are always really friendly. It means the world to me to find a race that treats the first runner the same as the last. Chip timing & good quality t-shirt too. Well organised & good marshals. Definate PB potential. Great atmosphere.
In short: Abandoned baggage area, possessions missing In full: I returned to the secure baggage area/waggon straight after I finished to find the waggon abandoned & my bags missing. I found them thrown in the road for any member of public to take, with no marshal attending them. When I eventually got back to my car after prizegiving I found the small bag I had shoved in the top of my main bag, with my phone in, was missing. I am lucky my purse, car keys & camera was still there. NOT impressed. I think if you leave stuff in a secure baggage area, it should remain there until the race is over, not have your possessions thrown in the street. On contacting the organiser he has lied through his teeth saying all bags were on the waggon until 3 hours 10 after the race, therefore I must have finished the race after this time. I DID NOT finish the race in 3 hours 10, & my bags were abandoned, unattended, in the street with possessions missing, before the race was over, under 3 hours.
In short: Great race, a classic. In full: I got there at 8am & found no problems with parking. Went straight to the sign-posted field which was almost empty. The Whitefield car park sounded like it was busier.
A classic, insane trail race, with hills, swamps, bogs, mud.....BONKERS!!
Shame they cut it short to get another race in. Last year was better, as the longer race was tougher. Hope they start it at 9am next year, & get both races back to the original length.
Many problems with the chip timing. I don't think they'll use those paper chip ankle bands again, as they aren't reliable enough. Mine worked fine, although I needed a replacement as my original had no sticky on!
I absolutely love this race, & have entered Hell in the Middle too. It's just hilarious to be running along with a load of nutters, & to hear screams in the distance, so you know a swamp is coming up!!
They could do with a hosepipe at the end though, as there's no water anywhere to get some mud off! Date of review: November 9, 2010