In short: Below par year for the organisation In full: This was my 5th Stockport 10 and usually the organisation runs like well-honed clockwork.
This year was a great letdown in this respect - race numbers have always been posted out in the past, but this year we all had to stand in a queue to pick the number up from an understaffed and poorly organised desk. Also the race started 20 minutes late for no good reason I heard, again not ideal warm-up preparation for a cold December day.
Once we were off, though, the marshalling was excellent, it's got a lovely atmosphere all the way round, the hills don't get any flatter, and the goodie bag was as bizarre as ever (love the beanie hat, fave race momento of the year by some distance).
So all in all a good race but a poor beginning, please have a proper post-mortem and get it back on track for 2008 Stockport! Date of review: December 9, 2007
In short: Sheffield, like Rome, sits on 7 hills In full: I was a student in Sheffield so entered this one to get to see some of my old haunts. Very well organised, nice to do a Great Run event where you could actually run as soon as you crossed the line (mind you I was in the first wave, it looked pretty packed in the later waves). Enjoyed it a lot although disappointed with my time, the inclines obviously affected me more than I realised. Let's just hope that the Great Run people don't do to this one what they've done to the Manchester race, eg 'Well that worked really well with 5000 people - so let's see keep pretty much exactly the same infrastructure and get 20000 people doing it next year!' Date of review: September 9, 2007
In short: Quick trip past Sven-Goran Erikson's new front door In full: Great organisation as usual, well marshalled, nice goodie bag, & I like the stadium start & finish. I'm not keen on multi-lap courses but forgive them for this one as everything else is really good. See you next year! Date of review: June 24, 2007
In short: Enjoyable and different In full: An enjoyable race with some very different 'scenery', love running through the tunnel then along the seafront. Good smooth organisation. Not sure about the whole City v City idea, seeing as how the three races were different sizes and not necessarily comparable courses, but made no difference to a good race. Cherry Powerade is the most disgusting post-race drink in the known Universe - lovely! Date of review: June 4, 2007
In short: Great race round (and up and down) a nature trail In full: The Radcliffe is one of my favourite races because of the very pleasant surroundings (the majority of the course is two laps of a nature trail), the superb organisation and the great atmosphere. Not a course for a PB with some steep inclines and anti-vehicle obstacles, but a great morning out. See you next year! Date of review: May 9, 2007
In short: Another fine day on the Cheshire plain In full: Excellent organisation and marshalling, great course, my 4th time round and probably my favourite (not just because it was my fastest time). Date of review: March 28, 2007
In short: Great race as usual and a surreal goodie bag In full: My 4th time round the wilds of Stockport in December, and excellently organised, marshalled, and administered as usual. The hills don't get any flatter, and the weather was, er, challenging, but that all adds to the fun. Definitely the oddest goodie bag I've yet had: T-shirt, very nice, water and energy bars, fine - but a water bomb? One-and-a-half mealworm larvae? A plastic Union Jack? A pink zip? Weird! Date of review: December 10, 2006
In short: Something different In full: I enjoyed this one a lot - going through the tunnel was special, loved all the pounding feet echoing around the tunnel like the sound of rainfall. Also I'm OK at climbing inclines so I gained a fair few places on the uphill bit of the tunnel, tee hee! The final stretch along the New Brighton prom was also special. Well organised, maybe get a load more portaloos at the start next year - and who the hell was that flippin eejit on the tannoy at the start and finish? Date of review: September 12, 2006
In short: Another great 'real' Manchester 10K In full: Good parking, and well marshalled throughout -not the most scenic route I'm ever done but a very good running surface all the way round & a nice T-shirt, and the energy bar in the goody bag was welcome. Enjoyed it a lot, will be back next year! Date of review: June 25, 2006