In short: Do you really want to wait 2 weeks (& counting) for your chip time?! In full: Lots of potential - parking near to race village (essential if weather had been bad), pleasant course, excellent goody bag - BUT if 2 weeks later you still haven't published chip times, what's the point! No excuse, particularly as waves encouraged to spread out to avoid trips & falls early on. Bit suspicious when text times just said 'Your time is ...' Finally got email reply from organisers to say chip times 'awaiting approval'. Pull your finger out! Date of review: June 7, 2013
In short: Slick, friendly, must-do race In full: Negatives - boggy racecourse gave wet feet before starting & a slippy sprint at the end. May have been a few fallers in the last furlong! Warning of the significant hill (Sandy Lane?) at 24 miles would have helped those of us trying to keep a pace since there was little distance beyond it to make up the time. Positives - EVERYTHING ELSE! Gorgeous scenery - OK the cool Autumn sunshine helped. Brilliant marshals, Police, volunteers - the most encouraging I've seen in ANY race I've done.
The organisation was slick - no messing about at the start (c.f. one recent race where the lead car ended up behind the race pack!). I liked the quiet areas where you could concentrate on your rhythm. Villages popped up regularly with vocal support even where numbers small. Particularly well done to the Holt residents who roared us up the hill.
Quality goody bag - nice medal & tech t-shirt.
One of my favourite races of any distance. Of course, a p.b. helps! Date of review: October 9, 2012
In short: PB potential, poor support, general organisation not professional enough In full: Pluses: Timing v accurate & little time lost crossing line so no moans about hand-held timing. PB by 2 mins - but only because wind dropped c.f. 10K race the day before. Showers & easy parking available (small donations) + lots of space in Race HQ to mingle before & after.
Minuses: No atmosphere except for runners' own supporters. We were watched impassively in the main - how well advertised was it for onlookers, I wonder. This was very different to most other races. Some dog owners & cyclists made a point of asserting their rights by deliberately(?) getting in the way. Marshalling poor & ineffective on both days (e.g. allowing a car to 3-point turn on the course!), & generally unenthusiastic (with the exception of the girls at the Northerly end - thank you). Water appeared three times, but not at the distances quoted.
Overall - a chance missed, and unfortunately it will put me off other events organised by Fylde Runners until I see signs of improvement via this forum. Date of review: September 4, 2012
In short: Excellent organisation. Few spectators on undulatiing route exposed to elements in places. In full: All the previous comments re. good organisation, clubhouse, hot showers apply. V few spectators, but wretched weather for standing around. Marshals very encouraging. Only gripe - ended up with (very) XL T-shirt as rest gone. If your memento is size-dependent you can't disappoint in this way. Date of review: March 7, 2012
In short: Excellent organisation, encouraging marshalls, good value for money In full: Pretty smooth course - long, gradual incline rather than a hill. Good facilities (including those for the cold supporters). Equally suitable for newbie or pro. Plenty of marshals, who encouraged and cheered (possibly to keep warm but it's all the same!). Good value for money. Date of review: December 12, 2011
In short: Great organisation for such a massive event. Wonderful camaraderie. In full: OK. You've got to be lucky to be in the right part of a wave to get a pb, but this is Britain's biggest mass participation 10K - why are people expecting a perfect path to a pb?!
Having said that the organisers tried to address run/walk participants in the magazine this year, and certainly the marshals in the Orange wave were rigorous about checking the bib colour. I'd like to see clearer instructions to walkers e.g. "you MUST move to the side" and "do not start near the front of a wave".
Finally well done to the bloke in the Orange wave who dropped his mp3 player on the start line, then turned & tried to run back for it!!! What a numpty! Surprised he wasn't (deservedly) trampled underfoot.
Don't understand why, unlike other events, you don't have to justify your estimated time with a previous chipped time. No previous finish time? - back you go to blue/pink. Date of review: May 17, 2011
In short: Bit chaotic organisation but friendly. Suit all levels In full: Organisers seemed to assume too much knowledge of previous events. Newbies to this event (like me) wandered about - Where do we go for numbers?: Where's the start? (about 1/2 mile away): When should we go to the start? Can we leave anything at the start? (At own risk under a hedge). Changing & Toilets? (both dire!)....
It really needs a look at, and maybe a "New to this Venue" item on the website or sent by email, particularly as it was possible to get VERY cold/wet before the race if you took the wrong decisions in ignorance. Overall the organisation was surprisingly amateurish for a decent-sized club.
At the start a garden bonfire smoked out the runners to some amusement given the name of the event. Once running it was a lovely course through lanes, with the only inclines across the motorway out & back. Clearly PB potential due to the distance (rarely run), fast field (so no bunching) and course profile. Here the organisation was good & marshalls encouraging.
Food & drink back at the school was excellent. Having a choice of memento was inspired - I found it hard to decide! Some runners complained of medals running out.
With a little more professionalism in the planning this could have been a brilliant end-of-season event. Hopefully, that will happen for next year. Date of review: February 23, 2011
In short: An well organised, scenic, friendly race In full: Excellent organisation & supportive marshals.
Shame about the late change to start time - a few disgruntled late arrivals. Helped as the temperature rose later.
Route was interesting & scenic. It would have helped to know in advance of the significant incline after 9 miles & also back into the town, particularly as website detailed route so well.
Medal was unusual design, and much better looking than most. Had great leg massage afterwards before the queue formed!
VERY enjoyable race. The spectators turned out in both town & villages and were very encouraging (perhaps because the marshals were also so supportive). I hope the event is continued, and I would recommend it to all abilities.
A word on Garmin GPS watches. Mine showed the discrepancy very early on as route went through town (miles 1-3). It then kept the same under-distance for the rest of the race.
Had the same problem in Manchester GMR 10K, and that is an IAAF gold-rated race! Suspect watches "cut the corners" as signal got lost thus reducing the distance logged, as mine also showed a much greater variation of my pace in first 3 miles. Had the same problem in mile 12 under the trees, but the course there was dead straight so it corrected itself as more sky came into view. Interested to hear from the organisers. Date of review: June 21, 2010
In short: Few races are as welcoming to both elite and newbies In full: Fast course with great pb potential at all levels. Start now staggered over a 2 hours period, but my impression of a side-stepping rugby fly-half in the first km of the 2008 race wasn't required this year despite the increase in numbers, so I guess that worked to reduce the early crush.
Can't understand the moans about scenery. In my experience you either get crowds of supporters or nice views. I'd prefer the people, and this is central Manchester so no views of rolling hillside expected!
200m sprint track in Deansgate means that you can make it a good day out.
Two moans: 1 Race pack very late this year for many (including myself), so I'd already (reluctantly) made plans to queue up on Saturday for a replacement. Didn't mind the price, however, since the event organisation is obviously expensive.
2 People joining ahead of their allocated start group - just selfish & pointless.