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CITY OF SALFORD 10K

Sunday, 8th September 2013 10:15am

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Overall rating
2.7

User ratings breakdown (49 ratings)

  • Scenery
    1. 2.5
  • PB Potential
    1. 3.6
  • Atmosphere
    1. 2.9
  • Organisation
    1. 2.8
  • Value
    1. 2.9
  • Beginner friendliness
    1. 3.8
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2016 UKFAST CITY OF SALFORD 10K
4
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    1. 3
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    1. 4
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    1. 3
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  • Beginner friendliness
    1. 4

Fast, flat and cheap - what more do you want? Signed up on the back of the We Love MCR 10k as it was cheap, then read the terrible reviews of previous years. What a pleasant surprise. MediaCity is a good place for start/finish and it was pretty well organised. Course is flat and deceptively quick despite a few turns here and there. Good medal, good t-shirt (not quite as good as the We Love MCR, which is the best I've had and a training favourite), and a rubber duck to boot. Good support at the start and end and interesting enough course given this is largely in Salford Quays/Trafford Park and not everyone has my fondness for the gritty industrial North. If you want 'scenery' look up Salford on Google first. Definite PB potential for the casual runner(got one, but a first sub 50, so not 'fast' by any means) and plenty of first timers, so not daunting, despite some fast club runners. Would have been perfect but for times being slow coming through on both text and the terribly located and tiny screen in MediaCity - it's MediaCity, the bit with a telly involved should easy?

Reviewed by Paul Bunker

at 4:52 on Mon, 26 September 2016

2016 UKFAST CITY OF SALFORD 10K
5
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    1. 5
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    1. 4
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    1. 5
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    1. 5
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    1. 5

Super race down at MediaCityUK Lovely race, great as you start and finish in the center of Media City. The route takes you over the water twice, passes close by MUFC and Corrie studios. Well organised and a bargain £15 when booked early.

Reviewed by Kevin Harmer

at 3:29 on Fri, 09 September 2016

2016 UKFAST CITY OF SALFORD 10K
5
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    1. 3
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    1. 4
  • Atmosphere
    1. 3
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    1. 4
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  • Beginner friendliness
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Better than most I've ran This was the first time I ran at Salford. I thought the organisation was great and race was great. A definite PB race as well as a good beginner run. Good start and finish line as well. I will definitely do it next year

Reviewed by Denis McCarthy

at 4:42 on Sun, 04 September 2016

2015 CITY OF SALFORD 10K
3
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    1. 2
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    1. 4
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    1. 2
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    1. 4
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just ok

Reviewed by Martin Jones 39

at 11:34 on Sun, 06 September 2015

2015 CITY OF SALFORD 10K
3
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Improved course and organisation Having run this race in the past it has improved a lot. Much better start and pre race. Course improved with better finish and post race organisation. Quiet, wide, closed roads are good but 7k of course is fairly dull. Decent goody bag too with one of the better quality T shirts included.

Reviewed by adeighsk

at 9:04 on Sun, 06 September 2015

2015 CITY OF SALFORD 10K
4
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Terrible start, great finish!

Reviewed by stephen hubbard

at 7:24 on Sun, 06 September 2015

2015 CITY OF SALFORD 10K
5
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Big improvement I did this race 2 years ago when it was a complete shambles. The organisation this time was much better, maybe even very good! Obviously they had taken on board the criticisms received previously. Overall an excellent race, although it is not a pb course due to all the twists and turns.

Reviewed by Swoop

at 4:47 on Sun, 06 September 2015

2014 CITY OF SALFORD 10K
3
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    1. 2
  • PB Potential
    1. 4
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    1. 3
  • Organisation
    1. 3
  • Value
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  • Beginner friendliness
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Good race, fast and excellent support in parts This race is a good one for a PB attempt, its flat and the roads are wide so you never get backed up behind packs of runners. The support around the lowry is excellent (Start/Finish,2k mark, 9k-> finish) although the rest of the route is round very dull industrial areas.

The water point at 5k was manned ok for those around my group (43 min) but im guessing they may have struggled at some of the peak flow points as there were only 3 helpers on one side and one on the other. The rest of the route was well marshaled.

The last 1km seemed to go on forever then all of a sudden the end was right in front of you, as someone else said it might have been nice with a 400m to go sign etc but that's a minor flaw.

The major downside was the metrolink communication, and its hard to say if this is the fault of the organisers or metrolink (or a bit of both). Last year the race was delayed due to the metrolink still running along the route, this year the metrolink was off completely on the Eccles line so replacement buses were put on. This wasn't explained at all on the metrolink and nobody was at the stations explaining this. I ended up getting off at Cornbrook to be told i had to get on the next tram going back the same way and get a bus from Trafford bar. After sitting on the bus for 15 mins it moved about 500 yards and they announced that exchange quay (where Frankie and bennys is etc) was the last stop as the roads had been closed "because of some running thing", which considering the bus was completely full of runners we already kinda knew that was on as that's where we were trying to get to. It would have just been quicker to walk in the first place. This could have been Metrolinks fault but it would have been wise for STI to have a rep at Trafford Bar telling people what was going on.

The goody bag was alright for an STI event. it had a tech t-shirt which their other events don't, no food though and lots of self advertising (for club la Sanza). The medal was also a generic Club La Sanza one which had no mention of Salford 10k so will no doubt be handed out at future STI events (Aintree etc). It almost felt like a kids club medal you would get on holiday.

All in all i would do it again at the price point (£15) but if it ever raised the prices to £20+ I would probably do a different event.

John

Reviewed by AnimalMagic

at 11:46 on Mon, 08 September 2014

2014 CITY OF SALFORD 10K
5
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    1. 4
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    1. 5
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Great Race Only thing missing for me was a 400m to go sign (it's possible I missed it) as the clock only came into sight 20m from the line.

Reviewed by runn3r

at 4:15 on Sun, 07 September 2014

2014 CITY OF SALFORD 10K
3
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    1. 2
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    1. 4
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Organisation needs improvement My first time running this race and was not impressed by the lack of organisation.

Pros - It's a beginner-friendly atmosphere and a nice flat course. Distance markers for each km. Water available for those who need it at 5km. Tech t-shirt at the end is nice.

Cons - Metro tram work meant quite a lot of participants arrived via replacement buses quite a ways from the event. No signage and not one on hand to help direct people. Not from Salford so wasn't that easy to find the start. Starting and finishing area was very overcrowded and messy. The finishing area, in particular, had a very narrow funnel to collect finishers' bag and too many spectators crowding the bag area waiting for friends and family - oblivious to blocking the whole area off. Lastly, no water available in the bag or near the finish line! Couldn't be asked to wade through the massive crowd to find some water so ended up buying a bottle elsewhere.

Overall a good route with a nice atmosphere but let down by the lack of organisation. Not sure I'd be back.

Reviewed by SheWhoGoes

at 2:59 on Sun, 07 September 2014

2013 CITY OF SALFORD 5K 2013
2
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Another organisational shambles by Sports Tours I thought after the disastrous We Love Manchester 10k this year that Sports Tours may have learned some lessons but this was not to be the case. While they can't take all the blame for the Metrolink snafu that delayed the start by nearly 20 minutes, the temporary stoppage of the tram route was critical to the race. Sports Tours should have been checked and double-checked the day before the race and morning of the race to make sure everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet. The merger of the 10k into the 2nd half of the 5k was unfair to the runners of both groups. And the goody bag was pathetic. I would rather have had a £3 tee shirt and a flapjack than another cheap back pack. The route was OK and it was fast, but it doesn't make up for the other shortcomings.

Reviewed by Boston Burglar

at 1:56 on Thu, 19 September 2013

2013 CITY OF SALFORD 5K 2013
1
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    1. 4
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    1. 4
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    1. 2
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    1. 1
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    1. 1

Organisational joke As my 1st 10k there was no signage, delayed start due to non-communication with Metrolink (and this was announced over a tannoy nobody could hear until about 15 mins after start time), bottleneck at start, cars parked all along route, 5k runners merged straight into 10k runners causing falls - what a joke.

Reviewed by JontyEthers

at 12:28 on Wed, 11 September 2013