In short: Fast and Flat - PB possible In full: First time running this race and overall it was very good. Parked at the football car park and had no issues at all. It was good to be close to the action. Race village was well set up, although I thought there would be more toilets. With 8,000 starters it was quite busy for the first 4 miles before things spaced out. Quite an experience as I'm used to a field of half this amount. The mile markers appeared at times to be out of position. The Mile 1 marker was pointing the wrong way round, but on the return it was in the correct position. I missed some of the markers, probably due to other runners in the way. Only due to GPS did I know a mile had passed. The support was plentiful and good. Plenty of water available too. The course is flat and the hill in Altrincham was quite tame. Some of the roads are quite long (Brooklands) and it is easy to suddenly loose time here, but as with any marathon just need to be mentally strong. My GSP came back with 26.03m. The limitations with GPS are well known, so I'm not worried about this. (other courses have been well over the 26.2 from GPS). Nice medal and Tech T-Shirt and chocolate at the end. I got a PB, so overall very pleased. Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Fast and Flat In full: Enjoyed the race, fast flat and great PB potential. PB achieved so the race is a winner in my eyes! I have other Marathons and whilst this will not match London it is a close second mainly due to the local turnout and support which was just amazing. Great T shirt and medal. Just one gripe on the race, the mile markers were just terrible particulary the 25 marker. Not great. I compare this to Nottingham and this was far superior. Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: fab organised race In full: lots of support along the course very well organised. not a pb course as Plymouth not a flat city but non the less you can still run a quick half there Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Tough 10k Run In full: A well run event even with the tough hills to contend with and countryside terrain. Not a pb course but a challenging and scenic run with deers running across the path at the 7 mile point. Organisation 1st class and commemorative beer at the end a nice touch. Well marshalled and nice being able to watch the Belton Horse Trials after the run. A few people were late due to traffic getting into the estate but if you leave early enough and plan ahead this shouldn't be a problem. Looking forward to running again next yr!! Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Stunning views on a traffic free environment. Lovely and quiet In full: Such a shame this is not better supported by more runners. Such a great location. Mildly undulating in places otherwise flat and fast. It's so quiet and peaceful to run.
The organisation was good and a few things for the spectators at the start and finish. Don't be put off by the two laps it was fine. This means the supporters get to see the runners several times.
Got a PB on this one so may call it a day now! Date of review: April 22, 2015
In short: Fast! In full: Saw some people had problems with the official parking but I found it pretty easy to find and park up (I was very early and was aware of the scam parking from organisers emails). Race village was quite small & getting a bit cramped with 30mins before start - seemed enough portaloos. I liked the fact there was plenty of space outside to warm-up pre-race. Race pens not very secure, don't think anyone was checking numbers etc. Super fast course aside from a little congestion over the first 2 miles. Maybe a full dull spots on the course where support was patchy but I liked the long straight roads and flatness. Mileage markers weren't always obvious - make them a bright colour instead of white maybe? Finish stretch was fun - quite quick getting through, baggage storage efficient, good goodie bag. Quickly away from parking with it being so close. Maybe needs a few tweaks here and there but I'd recommend it if you want to go for a PB. Main grips was chip timing - my number went missing in the post and there was some late panic waiting for a replacement; then my bib time didn't register post-race and only appeared on the results page the next day...so my PB elation was replaced by worry when I should've been celebrating. Got to get that stuff working! Date of review: April 21, 2015
In short: Possibly the fastest marathon course out there In full: Second time for me and my fiftieth marathon.I really enjoy Manchester the course is fast and flat with little turns and twists such as Abingdon.The water stations were plentiful and I felt the support was at another level last year.The only criticisms are mile markers were a bit out.the finish area made it a bit harder to find family and the medal could be more creative. having said that the marshalling was great and the Manchester public were fantastic,yes it's not the most scenic but it's a super race for beginners and a PB dream course. Will be back in 2016 Date of review: April 21, 2015
In short: 10/10 :-) In full: Excellent race, as indeed it has been for the last 3 years. Slick on-the-day entries. Ground was drier this year than last, which made for a much smoother run through the woods. Some testing parts but also some very pretty surroundings. Great downhill finish and fab crowd support. Thanks Danesfield & Purple Patch. Date of review: April 21, 2015