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I did it last year - my thoughts are:
Fast course - pretty flat and a start and finish on the track
Not terribly inspiring scenically but you do go past the stadium (and all the support) twice so that gives you a buzz
Starting all those people on a running track means it's very, very slow at the beginning if you're near the back (we weren't, but as we left the stadium after 3/4 of a lap there were people who'd hardly moved)
For those that are bothered about that sort of thing the goody bag's a bit crap - low quality t-shirt and some leaflets
sounds like a good race aslong as your near the front!!
Not the greatest of scenary, but stadium setting always nice change. Fast as well.
Is it slow runner (1hr 20) friendly?
Is it chip timed (not for me - my friend is considering it)
Don't think there were medals last time - not a great goody bag if that's what floats your boat - poorish quality t-shirt and some leaflets from memory, although I seem to recall the contents were a bit random - did some people get socks?
Does anyone know the route for this?
I ran this last year. Wasn't the prettiest race but its nice and local for me so I've signed up again.
Anyone else running it?
Im on it Veester, its local for me too.
Nice not to have to drive 2 hours for a race!
Alex Frost 3 wrote (see)
Hi, I've been looking for the official route details but cant find it anywhere. This sounds about right, can anyone confirm? http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/united-kingdom/manchester/877124682021376385 Cheers
Goog luck Margaret!!
Really looking forward to this race, compared to my recent races in Yorkshire, scaling the blooming pennines, this is flat. There is a small hill to negotiate at the bottom of Alan Turing Way / Briscoe Lane Junction (2.2km & 8km) but is over before you know it. Not the best of scenery but is a good beginners race and the speed demons can fire round in no time at all.
Here is the route
Aron - yes it certainly is nice to have a close-by race. I pootled over on my bike for this last year and will do the same.
The route Simon posted looks about right if memory serves.
Might be a hot one on the day. One thing that I remember from last year was that they had 2 water stations. One at 6k and one weird one around 9k. Hope they space the second one more suitably this time as your nearly home at 9k!
Yes AndrewB10, I got my number and timing chip today.
Thanks for the good wishes Aron and Ziggy. Think I won't be breaking any records as I am 65, so would be pleased to finish in 1 hour 10 minutes! I am quite excited about it now, never run in a stadium before. I have only run around my local roads, and a couple of 10k races and a couple of 5k Race For Life's. So, here goes.