September 17th 2017
This was to be my second Bury 10k. The first in 2016 in it's inaugural year. I very rarely do races twice but there is something about the atmosphere here that keeps me coming back. The fact it’s only 20 minutes from the front door also helps.
The race takes place from Bury Town Centre and runs through what can only be described as a fairly dull route (I’m not selling it here am I?). In the northern mill towns there isn’t a lot to see apart from housing. It’s the other runners that make this race and the race organisers.
I knew I could wing a later start time (I am usually at races pretty early). I parked easily in the multi story car park on the Rock and sauntered across to the loos (just behind Wilkinson). I thought I might be pushing it as there was still a large queue and it was already 9.15am with the race due to start at 9.30am but I had more than enough time to nip in and get to the start line. The warm up had already taken place and before I knew it I was off.
Everyone around you is excited to be running, happy runners. The course went through the town centre and down Manchester Road, past Gigg Lane where there are a few twist and turns before getting back onto Manchester Road. You then take a right turn onto Dumers Lane looping onto Bury Road and back up Manchester Road.
I passed people dressed up, lots of people running for charity, wheelchair racers. Due to the course being on residential streets there are lots of supporters out too.
Despite a couple of hills (speed bumps really), the route is relatively flat and I ran the 2017 race in 52:51. I was through the finish line, grabbed my goody bag and water and headed off home with no delay. I was back home before 11am.
Run for All races, in my experience, are always well organised. A well-marked out route, great aid stations, fantastic goody bag and medal. The only thing that is questionable tis the t-shirt. It’s great quality but I always worry I look like an Asda staff member (they sponsor the races).