In short: Flawless organisation again - great event In full: Organising an event on this scale cannot be easy, especially when the weather has gone from one extreme (very hot last year) to the other (Siberian winds this year). Doing a course inspection for a 5.15am update, regular, timely updates about car parking and weather, huge massage tent, co-ordinating marshals from lots of local organisations (hats off to them, today's conditions were horrendous for marshalling), decent mementos - all made for a fantastic event.
The course undulates but is very fast, there is plenty of vocal support along the way and very well stocked and staffed water stations (no congestion at water stations makes a big difference). Road closures all the way help a lot too.
Fantastic event, well supported, all the facilities a runner needs and a great fast course, the most unique race t shirt I've ever been given - what more do you want?
In short: Excellent as always - best 10m in UK for good reason In full: I always enjoy the Stocky 10, but I wasn't in the mood this year. Good job that some new touches made this race even better! Chip timing - didnt add much to cost (how much does Bupe Manchester 10k charge again?!?!) Track Start - very easy to mess this up but it always goes smoothly - the Benny Hill music put a smile everyones face Route - I love this route. I know Offerton is not exactly Snowdonia but the twists, turns, undulations, hills, big hills all make this route exciting. There's even a nice bit of trail. This course is always my fastest 10 miler of the year, somehow the hills make me run faster - hence great rating for PB potential. Ron Hill long sleeve technical tee - even better than last year - what on earth will they think of next? Tony Audenshawe (of Marathon Talk fame) impersonates John Motson and reads out as many runners names as he possibly can. I pretended it WAS John Motson saying my name and thumped the air like I was Vincent Kompany on 13/5/12 as I approached the finish. Mashalls great as always, despite the weather (as always!) - but Harriers, give them a brollow would you!? :-) I've done Stocky 10 more than any other race now. There's a reason I keep coming back, even though I live further away than I used to. Well done Stockport Harriers! Date of review: December 20, 2012
In short: Awesome race - Best marathon there is In full: Too many highlights to mention. Flawless and friendly organisation, amazing course, spectacular scenery, plenty of water stations, amazing crowds.... See you next year! Date of review: October 27, 2012
In short: Great course, well organised, start needs tweaking In full: Really enjoyed this, a nice hilly course in Autumnal Macc. I'm a big fan of track starts but this race is so well attended that I think the start could be sectioned into target finish times. I know that this would be hard to enforce but most would cooperate and this it would ease congestion at the start. Lots of folk with iPods getting in the way of faster runners tarnished it a bit - volume so loud they couldn't hear a polite 'excuse me'. I agree with the comments below about the PA system. I was further back and heard nothing about the minutes silence for Raymond Eagle, a local runner who died very recently and tragically. I'm not sure what the solution to this is and know that organisers will have done all that they could. Great to see so many Wilsmlow Running Club members out there today. The course is excellent, never a dull moment, slme great views and lovely hills. Very well marshalled and well signed. The water stations were well manned and four stations is a good number. The track finish is always a bonus and the goody bag, banana and water distribution was well organised. Thank you Macc Harriers, I really enjoyed the race. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Great venue for a fell run In full: A lapped course is not always a bad thing, some junctions could have done with police cover / assertive marshalling as cars were curing runners off. Good facilities at start / finish. 30p for a brew at start, orange free at finish. One water station half way round would be nice. Will be better when the old start returns. The surroundings were spectcular but you only get to glimpse them on the way round. I'll have to see if there's a fell race round here. Date of review: August 9, 2012
In short: Still a favourite In full: Done this 10k more than any other, harder to get to now I work in Stoke but made the trip this year. Nice race, nice atmosphere, undulating/hilly course - never a dull moment. Everyone moans about the socks - have they compared the price of this race to other 10ks?!?! Race photos free too. Many thanks Rochdale Date of review: July 30, 2012
In short: Typical Wilmslow RC event... a Great race as always In full: Done this three times now... flawless organisation, two bottled water stations (with well placed boxes and bins to discard - nice touch), super venue, nice memento and, unlike most other races branded as Great (Great Manchester Run, Great North Run) proceeds go to charity (The David Lewis Centre). The course itself is and undulating tour of the Cheshire lanes, some of the hills seem challenging but anyone can do them. Don't be put off by the fact that it's laps. You only do the big lap twice and on this course it sort of enhances the enjoyment. The finish is a flat run into The David Lewis Centre, spectators and earlier finishers use the abundant space to cheer home friends, family and clubmates - something most organisers don't consider, really useful at the end. Well done Malcolm etc... This race remains firmly on the Belle Vue Racers list
In short: Now I know what all the fuss is about! In full: Huge thanks to Malcolm Fowler and all involved in this event. Miles better, miles cheaper and miles further than The Bupa 10k! Good course (not as flat as I thought), well organised parking, nice goody bag, starting pens, very well marshalled, well marked, the music and balloons add to the atmosphere. Those rugby club parking attendants were very quick - worked their socks off. Well done Wilsmlow ! Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Fantastic again - thanks Stockport Harriers In full: I give this race a great review every year because this is now the race I've done more than any other. Why? Fantastic course - track, trail, road, lots of hills. Doesn't look like a PB course but I've done flatter 10 milers and Stcokport is always the fastest. Remember, what comes up, must come down! Super track stadium start and finish. There are so many reasons this race "should" fail - the weather is alwats hideous, the traffic is not awlays friendly, Offerton is not postcard material (sorry!). This race is special and never fails. The marshalls somehow manage the traffic whils being among the most vocal in the race circuit. Another great feature of this race is the sense of humour. The Stockport S[ten]ch Remover medal (made of what looks like Travelodge hotel soap) is pure comedy genius. Yet another great t shirt - hi viz More Mile long sleeve t shirt. Perfect for dark winter runs. MAny thanks Stockport, you really know how to put on a good show, even when the weather tries (and fails) to make it a washout. Date of review: December 11, 2011
In short: Flawless, enjoyable, rewarding & worthy cause In full: Well organised, ample parking. No queues at entry on day desk. Facilities well signed. Start, race and finish commentated. Scenic race through undulating Cheshire lanes, enjoyable despite being two laps. Well stocked efficient water stations. Nice touches include marshals reading times out in laps, nice memento, finish in big field, plenty of space for spectators, free cordials/water at end and... flapjacks. Oh, and Bryan Dale won't charge us for his race photos, he cheers us on as well. Thanks to Wilmslow Harriers, David Lewis centre (worthy charity to whom all profits go) and all other marshalls. A nice way start a Sunday. Date of review: August 14, 2011