Over the years we have seen the race hosted at two different venues before it settled in Woodbank park at the home of Stockport Harriers.
The race route has also seen some changes with the original routes being run in and around the Edgeley part of the town. Now the route takes in Offerton and Bredbury and includes a bit of everything. Starting on a race track, running through a park, heading out on the road and a section on a bridleway through the countryside.
The race committee has always tried to keep that ‘local race feel’ to it, whilst it’s increased in popularity over the years and become a ‘must do event’ on most runners’ race calendars’.
What makes it so popular and why do people keep coming back year after year? Some put it down to a well organised race along with vocal/encouraging marshals. Others talk about the variety of the terrain and the challenge of the hills. But the one thing that nearly everyone talks about is the ‘tongue in cheek’ approach that’s taken to its organisation.
We can expect to see around 1,500 runners taking part. Will you be one of them?
This event has been run for over thirty years, making it probably one of the oldest running events in the area.
The event also switched to a ‘park event’ around the same time as the change in distance. Originally this was run on local roads but it’s now on a traffic-free course.
On a warm summer evening its testing run but the setting and atmosphere makes it a great event to run in.