In short: Nice PB Race Very Flat In full: The day started very bad i had booked parking at old trafford and could not find a way in all the roads were already closed at 7 oclock,the marshalls were doing their jobs not letting you though even when you could see the entrance we clocked up 25 miles driving round,rant over. The start area was a little crazy with a free for all even when you had a certain colour or letter for your start anybody with any colour or letter could be stood next to you which you mean they would probably slower holding other people up behind. I didn t really like the plastic water packets not for me,i few times it went down the wrong hole,does need lucazade around 17 miles though The race was very flat and the marshalls were fantastic,the crowd was very supportive and very loud in places,the medal is great but the x-large t-shirt is a little small.I did managed a PB even though i set off to quick. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Good - generally well organised, but some issues at the end In full: This was a good, friendly event, with a decent atmosphere. Conditions were pretty much perfect for a very quick time (so only myself to blame for not getting a very quick time!). The route makes it easy for supporters to get up and down the course by tram, so it was nice to see familiar faces at 4 points.
While I really appreciated all the time given by volunteers at the event (so the following isn't a criticism of any individuals for whose efforts I'm really grateful), I found some real issues with collecting my bag at the end - took me nearly an hour to get my bag and some warm clothes, by which time I was mildly hypothermic and had to be taken to the Red Cross tent. I know there are a lot of people to process, but someone organising the poor souls doing their best in the baggage tent (maybe putting the bags in a bit more order while the race is going on? - there wasn't much of a system in operation and no-one really seemed to be in charge) would make a big difference - obviously, we all take responsibility for our own health when we run, but it's a long time to be waiting to get a change of clothes; in really bad weather, I think it could be a real problem. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Great race very relaxed In full: Nice race starting and finishing at Man U. Football ground , the support from local people was excellent the course design helped this being out and back loops I would recommend this to any runner . Stayed at holiday inn in the media center which was very welcoming , with an early breakfast provided for runners just 1 mile from start Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: It was what the can said "The flattest Marathon in UK" In full: I cannot complain except since i got good for age London time. Crowd support was fantastic, especially with name calling. Made me feel i knew every body out there. They kept me going.
Course was flat, liked the dog loops.
Water - did not like the pouches, you either got nothing, a dribble or? Could not open top. I did not see isotonic or gels as advertised and only saw blocs at last stop (i was given my own gel by husband on route). 7-9m water station we came to a halt - too narrow.
Car park a fiasco, the marshall did not let us through for stadium pre booked place, had to go miles out of way following directions.
Having said all of that, i would be back since it was a "special race" Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: good race need water at end and recovery drink t shirt needs to be bigger xl not xl In full: this was 2nd time I have run the marathon. the support was exceptional shouts of name great. course good but different from last year not rarely sure improved from last year. not enough toilets at start.
disappointed by fact that no water at first water station and very loppy at start. toilets at mile 16 blocked and unsuable. At the end a bit unorganised. I was not given any water and non of the surrounding food providers had any water. the marathon overall is a great marathon but finishing t shirt is not an xl this needs addressing Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Fast and flat In full: First time at this marathon.well organized very fast and flat. Great camaraderie and excellent support from the people of Manchester. Bit loopy at the start but soon settles down. Liked the increased water stations towards the end and nice big medal. Big plus was the live follow system which worked well and was great for mrs ringo. I would recommend this marathon friendly fast race Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: The crowds made it for me In full: Great race, seems to be improving every year which is how it should be. Can't really fault the organisation , except a lucosade would have been nice at the end. Don't no what the fuss about the water is??? It's not rocket science!!!! There where plenty off them. I always take my own gels so I wouldn't use any I've not tested anyway. The crowds are the best I've come cross !!!! Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Great atmosphere & PB In full: Great support and atmosphere, route was nicer than I expected with plenty of interest. Loads of people out and everyone was really friendly. I liked the switchbacks as it meant I could wave to club mates and it also made it easier for spectators. Price is steep and I'd like greater clarity on how the money is spent, also a fairer policy on deferals due to injury. Date of review: April 6, 2014