In short: Worth the long trip. In full: My 3rd Manchester Marathon and certainly not my last. Deffo a PB course but unfortunately not for me this year after hitting the wall on mile 15-16, the support along the route really is something and the marshals were once again fantastic. I'll be back. Date of review: April 10, 2014
In short: Flat and fast with great atmosphere - did Manchester proud In full: Perfect running weather and a truly flat and fast course meant I smashed 12 mins off my PB. Great support all the way round (except the more rural section in Carrington) with bands and choirs to provide entertainment all made for a nice friendly atmosphere. Agree with the comments re signage (particularly at the start) and the mile markers in the latter stages seemed to be out by c0.2m but all in all a great race which I would definitely run again. Date of review: April 9, 2014
In short: Excellent organisation and the Mancs make it so special! In full: My first ever marathon run around the street i live on, it couldn't have been more special. I thought the organisation on the day was top notch and the support from the crowds was outstanding and extremely motivational.
The scenery isnt the best, but its where i live, so i gave it 4!
I would like to do other marathons but I will definitely be back to my hometown marathon one day. I hope this race continues to grow and grow.
In short: PB Smashed In full: Well i smashed my PB by 20 mins+ to get down below 3:12 and the majority of the day was excellent. Just a couple of issues that could be improved: 1. Water stations - never experienced chaos like it, these areas needs to be stretched out so not everyone is trying to get them at the same spot and more people need to man these. I virtually had to stop at each station to get one to avoid being tripped. 2. Marker signs - the mile markers and signs for impending water stations need to be bigger. Heard alot of people saying they hadnt seen them and I missed quite a few.
Other than that it was perfect Date of review: April 9, 2014