In short: Overall well organised and very well supported In full: My first marathon, so nothing to compare with. I appreciated the flat course, and the loop-backs, as I could swap encouragement with fellow club members. The marshalls were excellent and the support loud. I enjoyed the 'Run like somebody called you a jogger' banner. Generally the organisation was pretty smooth, with just a few niggles: - Water pouches took some getting used to and we could have done with some instructions for them in the race pack - I was relying on a gel from a water station around the 20-mile mark as advertised, but didn't see any (possibly my fault) - Didn't see any water at the finish line, and once through the finish area there was no going back, which meant I had to wait until I'd got my bag to get a drink, but... - Baggage retrieval was a bit slow (and I don't think I was there at the busiest time). Notwithstanding these gripes, I thoroughly enjoyed the race, and the only reason I've said I'd only 'maybe' do it again is because I'm not sure I'll want to do a marathon again. Maybe when I'm a bit less stiff... Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Scenic race with PB potential In full: This is a nice, friendly race. All those country lanes require a large force of marshalls and these were very well organised. I didn't use the bag drop so can't comment, but the finish was pretty disorganised. Likewise the start, with a large crowd of people in the car park filtering through the starting arch. It's practically impossible to position yourself according to your expected finish time. The chip timing helped but I still had to squeeze past a lot of runners in the first 3 miles. These isn't a criticism as such, but something to be aware of if every last second counts to you. Overall a good experience, though, and thanks to the organisers and the many volunteers. Date of review: January 21, 2014
In short: Great race as ever In full: New course is an improvement, remaining quirky as ever but with less main road and extra farm yards! As usual, organisation, marshalling, commentating, welcome, and especially atmosphere were just brilliant. A race with a sense of humour! Date of review: December 8, 2013
In short: Great race in a great location In full: Very good, compact parking/HQ in a school (parking a little limited). Very well organised and marshalled, and great scenery during the race. Tough in places with a hill around 1.5 miles, and another on 12 miles, but I witnessed lots of PBs (and got one myself), so it can't be that bad. Banana and gingerbread at the end, and a nice technical t-shirt (one I will actually wear)! Well done to Congleton Harriers and all concerned. Date of review: October 7, 2013
In short: Great event, very well organised In full: Good organisation, with a friendly atmosphere and a very involved and humorous commentator. Flat course with great PB potential. I think seasoned runners and beginners alike would enjoy this race. Tiny moan: could do with more toilets. Date of review: August 12, 2013
In short: Excellent race and very PB-friendly In full: Your search for the least scenic race in the UK could well be at an end when you've done this one, but...
It's well organised, with good parking and facilities, and very flat. It attracts some pretty fast runners, but a good mix of slower ones too. The atmosphere is 'unassuming' - no large crowds, fancy dress, marshalls screaming encouragement, medals etc. That suits me down to the ground - I went looking for a PB, got one, and went home very happy indeed. Well done to all involved with putting this race on. Date of review: April 2, 2013
In short: Just lovely! In full: My second year at High Legh. Well organised, excellent pre-race communications, great marshalls and support, good race HQ facilities, flat course, great village atmosphere. 10Ks really don't come much better than this. Well done to all concerned! Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: Well worth turning out in the snow for In full: The snow didn't have much effect (I wore fell shoes), so well done to the organisers for not cancelling, and for all their extra work to clear the ground. I really enjoyed the race, and the snow made it a bit of an adventure. Organisation and marshalling were excellent. Date of review: February 6, 2012
In short: First time - I'll be back In full: Cracking race. If it were possible to give more than 5 in most categories I would do so. The weather was miserable but the excellence of the event as a whole shone through. It's just a pity I had to jog back to the car right away at the end to ward off hypothermia - it would have been nice to hang around and chat as the atmosphere is incredibly friendly. The marshalls and that star of a commentator deserve special mention. Date of review: December 11, 2011
In short: Low expectations were exceeded by a long way In full: This was my first time at this event, and the issues identified last year seem to have been ironed out. The course wasn't very scenic, and wasn't quite as flat as advertised, but was still fast as they solved many of the congestion problems - I got a PB. The course measured long on my Garmin, though.
The toilet queues at the start were ridiculous, and I had to find some bushes in the end - apologies to anyone living nearby! The starting pens were stupidly divided, with around 80% of runners in the white pen, but I still managed to get to a reasonable starting spot and ran a quick first mile. Only doing medium/XL t-shirts was a daft idea - it left many people feeling worse than if there hadn't been t-shirts at all.
On the plus side, the baggage drop ran like clockwork, and the marshalling was excellent. One or two marshalls were notably enthusiastic (or noisy) and deserve a medal themselves. Date of review: October 17, 2011