In short: Clockwork organisation, great atmosphere & ace goodies! In full: You can tell this race is organised by runners, everything a runner needs for a great race day was there. From plenty of toilets pre-race to the gel station at mile 11 and all points between, it was there.
The course mostly consists of country roads which you wouldn't expect to have a great amount of support but almost every house had people outside clapping and cheering the runners on. Several were also offering jelly babies or water.
Apart from the cruel last mile being up hill the course is mostly flat - a small bump at mile 8 was all there was of note.
Decent tech t-shirt (again, just what a runner wants) a big chunky medal and a goody bag full of haribo and chocolate was appreciated.
My first Chester half, but it won't be my last! Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: A good welcoming 10k race. In full: My only complaint would be the course was changed at short notice (for safety I might add) to include going up a flight of steps twice. Not ideal but did slow down an otherwise fast course.
I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 5, 2013
In short: Flat and fast with nothing to see. In full: The course is a flat fast two laps with nothing to see. There was little to no support out on the course apart from the marshals who were excellent. If you want cheering crowds you need to enter the BUPA 10k.
As mentioned by others it was chip timed but only from the gun - be nice to see this chip to chip but as the roads are not closed this may be a logistical issue more than anything else.
Bottom line, if you want a fast 10k to have a good crack at your pb this is a race to try just don't expect cheering, bands playing and a big fuss as you come over the finish line.
It is on my "to do" list for 2014. Date of review: April 5, 2013
In short: My first Mad Dog - it won't be my last! In full: This is my first Mad Dog race and having read previous reviews on Runners World I was expecting big things.
From the free bus to race HQ to T-shirt collection everything ran like clockwork. If others mark the race down for the delayed start don't listen to them - it was the right decision; the council only put one bloke on the car park for c.2500 runners. Delaying the start made sure everybody could make the race.
The course was an out and back down the front at Southport which in Feb might not sound the most scenic but there was plenty to keep my attention, the steel band and singers along the route were a nice touch and the support received from the marshals and Air Cadets stood in the cold was brilliant.
All in all this is the best 10k race I've done and I can't wait for Feb '14 for the next one. It should also be pointed out all profits go to charity though how they can make a profit with such good quality t-shirts and medals I will never know!
In short: A 9k run with a 1k walk to start. In full: I'd been told this was a fast race with a good chance of a pb - I did get a pb but that could be because it was only my second 10k race!
The first 1 was a joke; I started at the back to try and avoid the choke points but it didn't work. Not enough room for all the runners going round MediaCity:UK then the bridge where it was down to single file!
The course needs a serious re-think.
Would I do again, maybe but not at the price they are charging. Goody bag? A slice of Soreen and a cheap cotten t-shirt. Spend an extra £10 and do a Bupa Great Run, much better value for money! Date of review: September 9, 2012