The Urbanathlon is an 5k urban adventure race run around East Manchester, it started at Sportcity (home of Manchester City) and ended in Philips Park. Along the route various obstacles are placed in the way that runners needed to be overcome, most were easy, some harder and then there are ones like the water slide which were fun (no I did not try it), although some found it difficult running when wet through. This was the fourth Urbanathlon, the first one run in 2008 was probably the hardest, longest and best one, recent ones have been shortened to 5k and made easier and aimed more at having fun. Most of the runners did enjoy the race while some found it quite demanding, the need to be well prepared for a race like this is extremely important, and perhaps some were not as well prepared as they should have been.
The race is open to Individuals, Groups or Teams of runners who race for charity, age is restricted to 14yrs and above, in fact there were some runners who did there age group proud. Staggered starts at 15mins intervals meant runners did not suffer too much congestion at obstacles and spectators were able to enjoy a steady stream of runners. The weather could have been better, although there was a very light drizzle briefly, it was the humidity which was more of a problem, the sun struggled to shine through the white cloud but overall it was a good day.
Criticism if any would have to be some marshalling was poor, I saw runners who struggled with the course and sign posting of the route could have been a bit better, other than that it was a good event. And congratulations for the many runners who not only did themselves proud but also the charities they ran for.
Route Map for the 2011 Urbanathlon
Urbanathlon Manchester 2011 start
Urbanathlon Manchester 2011 does one lap inside the Manchester Regional Arena
Warming up for the Uranathlon Manchester 2011
runners in the Urbanathlon Manchester 2011
runners climbing concrete blocks in the Urbanathlon Manchester 2011
runners climbing in the Urbanathlon Manchester 2011
runner in the Urbanathlon Manchester 2011 (kept my promise, gotcha)
Watch Urbanathlon - Manchester 2011 by Paul Edwards video whch took place on 31st July.
Just in case you missed a previous event, watch the video from the Urbanthlon 2008, I missed the later events because of ill health.