GFR Grand Prix trip to Manchester FrontRunner’s Cake Run 2016
On Saturday 30th Manchester FrontRunner’s held their second 10k Cake Run. As last year, the event was impeccably organised. There was a great atmosphere at the start and MFRs made us all feel very welcome. It was also great to see so many FrontRunners attending – there was at least one runner from every UK frontrunner group, and a large contingent of Paris Frontrunners attending too. And, let’s not forget to mention their excellent cakes at the end.
The race is held in a beautiful park in the North of Manchester called Boggart Hole Clough. We learnt the hard way what clough actually means, it refers to a steep valley or ravine. Setting off is easy, it’s all downhill, but when you’re at the bottom there’s only one way left and that’s up the innocently named Angel hill – three times! Yes, THREE TIMES, what were you trying to do to us MFR? It was a tough course, but a real challenge and great fun!
In the evening MFR hired a function suite in New York and threw probably the best Gay Party ever! Great tunes and half naked Paris FrontRunners. What better way to spend a bank holiday weekend! We’ll be back next year, but only after some serious hill training!
7 members of GFR went to the event, 6 ran the event and Jason helped marshal, his decision was apparently nothing to do with the hill, honest! However, here’s what some our runners thought of the weekend:
Chris Darley: The Manchester Cake Run was a challenging course no doubt, but had plenty of enthusiastic marshals (and a drag queen) to cheer us on! The hills and the weather were all worth it for the post-race celebrations with fantastic company in a great city – will most definitely be back next year!
David Irvine: The run was a tough course with different weather for all three laps. Manchester Front Runners are an enthusiastic and welcoming group. They welcomed us into their city and it was a pleasure to run and party with them.
George Taylor: Challenging run on a hilly course in hail and wind. Not for the faint hearted. Festivities from the night before didn’t help. Well organised and such a friendly bunch of people. Great all the Frontrunners getting together. Party at night time was amazing. MFR were great hosts. Hope we can repay the favour at OUTrun.
Official Times and Places:
6 Ibrahim Abdelhafiz 00:37:34
37 George Taylor 00:43:07
108 Chris Darley 00:49:41
219 Laura Howell 01:04:08
118 David Ingram 00:50:49
200 Adrian Heron 00:59:39