In short: I have now defrosted In full: It's now Wednesday and can now say I enjoyed Sunday, many thanks to the people involved and special thanks to the people who came out to support on such a shitty day, I found my black rucksack amongst the sea of white expo bags with no trouble. At no time did anyone say "you must use the white bags" they told me I could. Anyone who left valuables in these things that were impossible to close then you need your subnormal heads examining. Stop the whingeing and learn a lesson from it. Date of review: May 2, 2012
In short: Has potential to be an excellent race In full: The race itself was good, one thing I did find a struggle was the mile markers were hard to see. Plenty of portaloos and I didn't even have to queue but after around 8.30am, it did get busier but not as bad as some races.
The Dunham Massey stretch I enjoyed! It made the race a bit more challenging rather than just running on roads. Why people are complaining about this I don't know. If you decide to run a marathon on a day when rain is predicted, you have to know your feet are going to get wet.
The support was fantastic and never have I had so much respect for the marshalls, unbelievable they were. I wish I could thank every single one of them myself. I think a FB group should be set up thanking them!
The weather was something that has damaged this race as it was so horrendous. The baggage was not something I had an issue with because I hadn't used it but whoever had the idea of giving everyone the same plastic bag and then not having a correct system in place should be fired. However the organisers have apologised but I was near hyperthermic at the end and had I have had to hang around for a couple of hours with no warm clothes trying to find my bag, I probably would have ended up in hospital. Let's hope they learn from this huge error.
Will I do it again? At this moment, I am not too sure but that is more down to the fact I don't want to repeat marathons more than anything the organisers did.
This will go down as one of those races that people will never forget for many reasons but I hope that it continues as there were a LOT of good points about it, one of those being the Manchester people and marshalls who came out to support on a terrible day. Date of review: May 2, 2012
In short: Pink Bunny In full: I was dressed as a pink bunny and a tutu but most of my paint had washed off! Hope you saw me.
Some harsh comments on here and for the baggage shambles at the end, some of them are probably deserved.
PLUS POINTS Lots of refreshments, loads of water and gatorade. Plenty of gels , you just had to locate them as there were no signs saying 'gels here'. Good turn out from spectators despite horrendous weather. Nice medal and wearable t-shirt.
IDEALLY - Next year, more of a city feel to it please. Running so far away from the City wasn't that inspiring although I appreciate it was the 'Greater' Manchester marathon. The housed streets could have been anywhere. Imagine if it could have taken in the Ethiad stadium, Picadilly etc.. that would be worth it. Obviously a reason why that wasn't chosen but who knows next year.
Well done to all my friends who ran in pink vests for Breast Cancer campaign. Not an easy one for your first boys. Good work.
Definitely not ruling it out for next year. Bewl Water and The Three Forts this weekend. Could do without rain!
In short: Not much the organisers could do about the weather, but baggage needs work. In full: Due to the weather the last 6 miles must have been about the hardest I have had to run. The course is pretty good and PB potential with pleasant residential areas and a country section, unfortunately the weather made this rather hard going. Obviously the baggage storage and reclaim needs looking at but as the organisers have already apologised and will address this for next year I imagine it will sorted. This was the only let down in the organisation. I have seen complaints that it is a rip off but for a traffic race in a big city I think it is fair, check out Brighton if you want an expensive marathon. Date of review: May 2, 2012
In short: Crowds were fantastic. In full: Other than the baggage disaster and the poor weather i had such a great time doing this. The marshals,supporters and everyone who turned up to either run or lend a hand all deserve a massive pat on the back. Date of review: May 1, 2012
In short: Manchester deserves better In full: Good Points: Brilliant support and marshalls - I walked from 18/19 miles due to horrendous cramp. The local support and the marshalls were fantastic and kept me going. I was proud to be a northener.
Bad Points: Race organisation. Sure the organisers cannot book the weather but they can use common sense. Not enough marshalls or 1st aid on the course - especially mid way between 13 and 20. Due to injury I came in after 5 hours freezing and I had to grab a tatty used space blanket that offered no comfort. I know i wasn't the only one like this (and there were probably people much worse than me). I was only glad I didn't have to suffer the baggage debacle.
The race village was a bog and offered little facility to the runners.
For my 1st marathon I was disappointed with the lack of organisation and common sense. I won't run another Extra Mile event after this mess.
Manchester deserves a well organised sponsored marathon around the STREETS of Manchester if it is ever going to offer an good alternative to London. Date of review: May 1, 2012