Great low key event (just over 100 participants) which give it its uniqueness. Most information is managed by Facebook and email. Register on the day and cross the stunning Humber Bridge as many times as possible in the time. Have never chatted to so many participants during an event before, really friendly / help each other out atmosphere. Walk, jog or run it doesn’t matter. As they say in their communication, there’s no space for Ego’s. First event I’ve done where I didn’t see a club vest!! Tshirt, medal and food on finishing. Will def look to do this again!
Posted on 04.12.17
Really good local event which i've suprisingly not done before. This was manually timed, and race numbers posted through a week before the event. Event was one of the cheapest i've done at £9.
Course is semi-rural and is up first half and down second half (almost an out and back with a loop at halfway). There are no big hills, more gradients, but they really benefit you in the latter half. I took 2 mins off my PB, and i've struggled to get near it this year. Cupped water stations half way, and one at the finish.
No Tshirt or medal at the end (wasn't expecting so for £9), instead you get a Mug for your post race brew. Will look to do this again next year
Posted on 02.11.17
First timer at this event and and definitely an enjoyable experience.
I think this will be the most expensive race ive done to date as i was a late entry so paid full price. I didnt mind the price given this was a big city event, but everything on the registration page was an upsell. "How about X for £10", "Make sure you get Y for £15" etc... I felt like i was booking a Ryanair flight.
The day was great, i had to pick number up the day before, but given i was staying over wasn't too much of an issue. We got there early in the morning, so car parking wasn't an issue, but quite pricey at £10 a car. Race village was really good, plenty of toilets available and a short walk to the start pens. Pens seemed to move through quite quick, i was about nearly halfway back and only took a few mins, then it was onto the race itself.
I didnt find the course all that interesting if i'm honest. Seemed to go through a housing estate in Manchester, then a long straight (4-5miles ish) to Sale, round some more resedential areas and then back to the cricket ground on part of the same road. Having said that, it was very flat and PB'able and the support was brilliant, especially in Sale and round the Old Trafford area. Plenty of drink stations on route with bottled water and some with energy gels later on
Support at the finish was awesome too, crowds lining the road either side, and the tannoy provide commentry and shouting your name as you approached. The finishers bag was a bit sparse i thought. It contained a nice Tshirt, great medal, foil blanket and an energy bar. A bottle of water would have gone down a treat. You did get an Alcohol free Erdinger though :).
Would recommend this event, it had more of a major event feel to it than what i've been used to. I'd do it again, but think i'd look at what other options were out there before coming back.
Posted on 16.10.17
Firstly i may be a bit biased, as this was my first and hometown marathon (Will try not to be), but here's my review.
The event on the day was absolutely brilliant. There was a good atmosphere at the starting area, plenty of toilets, good PA and count downs to get you ready. The run itself covered a variety of areas of the city, the town center, water front areas, beautiful parks, the docks, humber bridge, a lap of a running track and then a stadium finish which was awesome in front of a busy stand.
The support was great in the vast majority of areas, both from the public and marathon makers. Had supporters handing me drinks, jellies and even ice cubes (new one for me) on top of the official feed stations. They had Race Angels in the last few miles running alongside runners to make sure everyone was ok, which was a nice touch.
Tshirt and Medal were brilliant, think id say the best i've had. The goodie bag was quite generous, drink, banana, crisps, nuts, 2x Energy gels and a tub of chip spice (it's a local thing). Runners also got some home made flapjack after finishing. Medal engraving was available at the finish as well as free massage.
My only very minor bad points are:
- Energy drink station could have been earlier (approx mile 22)
- A section (200m) of one of the parks was on a track which wasnt the best for footing
- The first pass of the town center was very early (mile 2 i think), so the support at that time was quite low.
I'd definitely recomment this event though, and know from speaking to others (local and travelling runners) that they will be back next year.
Posted on 25.09.17
Second time I have run this race and it is / will be a regular event in my calendar.
The course has a few up and down sections with a few main climbs at miles 4, 9 and 11. My only criticism of the route is it can be congested on the first pass over the bridge which utilises one of the carriageways in the road. Plenty of water stations with a mix of cups and bottles.
The finish area feels very "events" with stalls and a large area to congregate. Goody bag was very good. Included water, sports drink, granola bar, medal, tshirt and the usual leaflets. There was plenty of fruit available at the finish, oh and a very tempting ice cream van too.
would recommend, and look forward to next years edition!
Posted on 29.07.17