In short: Excellent race. Challenging. Start and finish VERY special... In full: I have just finished the 5k race, which runs alongside the 10k race.
I have to say that the whole event was very well organized and enabled both the 5k and 10k race to run together (5k race started 15 mins after 10k race), without any problems.
Having run the debacle that was the City of Salford 5k 2 weeks before, the organizers of that event should take note of how it should be done!
The start of the race begins by running around a running track, as does the end. I know of no other race that does this, so it was a real treat to be a part of.
The 5k race I was running in ended with myself and another runner entering the track and watching crowd together vying for the lead. Unfortunately, I was physically finished thanks to a few tricky little hills throughout the course so ended up losing by a few seconds - happy with 2nd place however.
The course is fairly dull - around a business park on the whole. It has lots of pathways which are run on which have gradual inclines and declines throughout. Although not so obvious they defo take their toll - My run today was the slowest I have run this year...
PB is a maybe, although their are easier races out there.
Nice medal and lovely warm staff and helpers. Only slight criticism is not getting a little trophy for placing top 3. Cheap bottle of wine doesn't really do the hard work justice - but I'm really just nit picking (Maybe next year though?!)
Overall a great race - great, challenging 5k and 10k, with a kids race thrown in beforehand.
In short: Can I please add... In full: I've been thinking about this and I'd like to add...
Whilst jumping over obstacles after the 5k and 10k runners merged, I ran to the right of the 10k runners (who where running much slower than me). I did this to avoid zig zagging inbetween the 10k runners and using up my energy (which given the speed I was running was an issue - 5.30 minute per mile(!))
Anyway, whilst running to the right of the 10k runners I was jumping over obstacles and ran into a childrens play area where I missed running into a very small child by a few feet. Quite unbelievable.
I have also read that the race allowed runners from 11 years old. I can't imagine how I would have felt if my son had been running with me and been subject to this disgraceful organization. I can't even think of how scared he would have been in running in the race that I witnessed.
Reading other peoples views on this race only reinforces what I believe and have said previously.
In short: PATHETIC organization. Worst race EVER! Avoid like the plague... In full: Ok, where do I start...?!
I'm reviewing this as I have just ran the 5k race, but feel that I can review the 10k race also as many of the 10k runners where effected by the disgraceful organization I have just been a part of.
Firstly the race was delayed as the organizer hadn't communicated effectively with the Manchester tram service that a run would be taking place...
The 10k race went off 20 minutes behind - fine. The 5k race was then called to the start line and we waited for 15 minutes (Which had been arranged prior to the event) to start - fair enough.
So we began running, did a left (rather than a right the 10k runners did) and headed towards media city. After about 500 meters we then merged with the 10k runners. The problem with this was that all us 5k runners doing 5.30 - 6.00 minute miles merged with the 10k back markers running 12 minute miles! To add to this, we merged on a narrow bridge, meaning that the 5k runners where barging into the 10k runners, zig zagging in between them, standing on their heels and knocking in to the slower runners. Their where cries of 'Get out the way' from the 5k runners and 'Do you mind' from the 10k runners who where being knocked all over the place.
As the area widened, many of the 5k runners began flanking around the outside of the 10k runners, leaping over walls, barriers, through children's play areas - simply because it was the easier, quicker and a much safer thing to do. I fell over, banging my knee at this point.
We then ran along a road with the 10k runners. I was thinking that their must have been a mistake in the 5k route and we would end up running the rest of the 10k race (Which would have meant about 8k). Luckily, the 5k runners swung back around down the road via some cones whilst the 10k runners carried on...
As the race progressed, the leading 10k runners merged with the 5k runners (the two leading 10k runners merged next to me and then ran off much quicker!)
The rest of the race was ok as no more merging took place and the crowds gave good support. However...
I ran 5k in around 18.45. I lost around 1 minute due to the having to slow down, zig zag, leap onto walls and over bollards. I ran more than 5k, more 5.2k with all the extra running in between people I had to do. I also lost time due to a loss of rythm in my stride pattern due to the merging of both runs (slowing down, speeding up, zig zagging - how fast was I running? I don't know I couldn't tell!)
The way the 2 runs merged was incredibly DANGEROUS and unfair on both sets of runners who have put money, time and a lot of hard work and training into the event.
At the end of the race, literally all the 5k runners I spoke to and plenty of 10k runners where in disbelief at what had happened.
This race is ok if you are a fast 10k runner as you wouldn't have noticed what had happened behind you. It is also ok if you are a tu tu wearing 5k fun runner just wanting to get around as you would have merged with the 10k runners running at a similar pace.
This race is to be AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS if you are a faster 5k runner looking for a PB (It will never ever happen) or a slower 10k runner as you are likely to be ran into by hundreds of 5k runners coming up your rear!
This race was badly planned and organized and most importantly a danger to those running.
I will be writing to the event organizer regarding this matter.
In short: Fantastic scenery, crowds and amazing medal. Very well organized. In full: Easy, flat, fast first half, very hard 2nd half to race. 2 miles uphill through tunnel and towards Leeds street, steep hills up Water Street & Upper Parliament Street, hills throughout Sefton Park area. Spoke to many runners who have run numerous marathons and every one of them said this was the hardest city marathon had done. Very little PB chance unless you have thighs like Roberto Carlos! Date of review: October 29, 2012