Greater Manchester Marathon

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15/05/2012 at 13:48

That's pretty funny, but I reckon I can beat it.

This week I actually received a request to complete a customer satisfaction survey for the Manchester Marathon.

15/05/2012 at 14:37

EG - Yes got that as well but as one of prizes was a free entry for next year I thought I had to do it!!!!

15/05/2012 at 14:40

I sent it in, but it would be just my luck to go and win it!

15/05/2012 at 16:48

That spoof is wonderful! I didn't get the satisfaction survey - not fair!

In other news, I managed about 15-16 miles along the North Downs Way on Saturday (slow, with some horribly steep sections and some deep thick mud, but I also saw several partridges, a roe deer, a shrew and a stoat), then did a 10K on Sunday and sparked off piriformis syndrome on the other side... the physios are doing well out of me... I now have a whole raft of exercises to do to try to get my glutes working properly. I seem to be okay if I only do slow runs, so hopefully I can still get properly fit for the 30-miler in July and NDW50 in August.

How's everyone else's running going?

15/05/2012 at 20:23

I can't believe the nerve sending out a satisfaction survey, but I guess they had to really. I've got the Manchester 10k on Sunday, then the Dukeries 30 miler the following Saturday. I have concentrated on longer distances and the glutes suffer, I need to get back to my weekly Parkrun again

15/05/2012 at 20:27

I too got the customer satisfaction survey!  I have to be honest, because I didn't leave baggage, I have nothing to complain about so it would be unfair to say anything bad on it.  However whether I can be arsed or not to reply is another thing entirely...  


Debra, you are madder than I am.  I did Chester Half Marathon on Sunday, hilariously I got a PB by 1 second!  Still laughing about that.  I have rested yesterday and today and will be starting some trail running I think, I need to mix it up.  


EG Graham - bloody hell, you are giving it some too! 

15/05/2012 at 20:57

I know, Dukeries will make it three marathons in 5 weeks since Manchester, maybe I screwed my diary up this year, I think I got carried away with the 12 in 12 challenge

16/05/2012 at 10:27

to be fair the satisfaction survey is the one way they can improve the marathon.

I dont think it is going away and any way they can improve it the better.

I enjoyed it and didnt loose my bag (for long).

16/05/2012 at 13:20

I think the survey is an excellent idea - and will help improve things for next year. I have had a slight injury worry in my foot, thought it was PF but has gone away and I am back running normally now. Have Manc 10k this weekend, then no other races planned till summer and autumn (Chester marathon).

16/05/2012 at 17:34

Glad you got a place to run Chester HO2   I filled in the survey, good to give my opinion on the positives and my thoughts on how things can be improved. Keeping up my running, trying to run shorter distances faster! Two 10k races coming up then hopefully another marathon next spring.

Edited: 16/05/2012 at 17:55
16/05/2012 at 19:57

I filled the form in. I think I was pretty balanced and separated the genuine problems from the bad weather which I'm not sure I was objective enough to do on the afternoon after the race.

Good course (even the dreaded DM would be OK in decent weather), great support but baggage and gels for the later runners needs sorting.

16/05/2012 at 20:09

I complained about baggage, the fact that the course went through a track, some narrow lanes and an underpass which was not made public, and non sending out of race numbers (or the fact that this wasn't more clear when signing up).

16/05/2012 at 20:24

I only complained about the baggage... didn't min the DM part at all.  I hope they learn from all this, it could be a really good race if they do.  Where did you say had best support, I couldn't remember what happened at all the places?


16/05/2012 at 21:17
I thought the survey was ok and was happy to fill it in as it's the best hope of getting improvements made for future races and I really hope a Manchester marathon becomes an permanent fixture in the running calendar.

I voted for Altrincham as best support because the cheers as we came over the bridge and into the main street were amazing. It might have been because we were one of the pace groups and so there was a fairly large bunch of us.

Have been on a few runs of varying distances and this weekend am heading to Wythenshawe parkrun to get my daughter into this running malarkey as well.
16/05/2012 at 21:23
Yes agree with Altrincham was amazing. Bristol 10K this weekend looking forward to racing again
16/05/2012 at 21:34

Yep, Altincham got my vote, Coming down the incline into that wall of sound was amazing.

16/05/2012 at 21:39

Has anyone looked at the Lancaster Marathon in 5 weeks?  I am dithering about it - looks quite a tough hilly one.  

16/05/2012 at 21:43


I did a 10k race last Sunday and have a Half in 5 weeks (Freckleton). I strugged in the 10k and I expect to struggle at Freckleton. We're all different but I couldn't ,manage a decent marathon in that time. I know you're an Ultra runner so maybe you could use it as a training run and a good time at Lancaster wouldn't be that much of a problem?


Edited: 16/05/2012 at 21:45
16/05/2012 at 21:56

Alty was the only place with a really uplifted roar of the cloud.  But it was in the later. grimmer stages I most appreciated support.  Not sure if was Urmston or Stretford (so voted for both in addition to Alty).  It was a truly miserable day to stand outside cheering, and friends, families and locals should be proud of their own endurance achievement.

17/05/2012 at 07:48

I agree with Keep left, those amazing people who were still out cheering and encouraging after over 5 hours, I salute and thank you. I remembered cheering at various stages but Altrincham didn't stand out for me as I think I must have been running through after the crowds had left. I just remember the long up hill high street. I really did appreciate seeing my family and them giving me much needed gels outside Tesco!

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