Manchester Marathon 2013

Any thoughts?

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19/07/2012 at 14:42

I've had an email about early-bird entry for next year Manchester Marathon (with a link to here:

Anyone confident that the organisers have addressed the shortcomings of this year's race?

19/07/2012 at 15:06

I wish them luck. They've changed the course quite radically. Start and finish is near Old Trafford. It goes there and back from Timperley through Altrincham, I guess to make the most of all the support that was there. Misses out Dunham Massey which is a shame, but the muddy, flooded lanes nearby proved too much of a problem last time so they're just addressing that. Part of the course from Washway Rd to Urmston will still be a bit bleak - but hard to avoid I guess. I wonder if they'll sort out the underpass.

I probably won't be doing it as got a GFA place for London - but I will definately be out supporting, and may even volunteer to marshall.


19/07/2012 at 15:08

Apparently no underpass next year.

19/07/2012 at 15:31

I'm tempted as I can't do Chester in October due to breaking my ankle (back training soon). We have till the end of the month to decide 

19/07/2012 at 15:36

I think the early bird discount is only a fiver, so I might wait until London knock me back (again!).

19/07/2012 at 16:48

Can't find the actual date on the website....

19/07/2012 at 16:49

found it in email - 28th April - week after VLM again.

19/07/2012 at 17:45

Just have to cope with starting and finishing outside that monstrosity. Quite enjoyed the banter last year though as I marshalled in my City hat. 

19/07/2012 at 20:26

I think the route is a big improvement on this year's.  Not sure whether I'll run it.  The change of route is tempting me, and I'm glad to miss out Dunham and the country lanes.

19/07/2012 at 20:52

I'll be doing Manchester or Edinburgh. I will probably give Manchester one more chance.

19/07/2012 at 22:58

bet they have learnt from this year and will get it right next year

20/07/2012 at 06:54

For me the main problem was the baggage, and surely they will be making sure that doesn't happen again. Plus, next year the weather will be lovely.

20/07/2012 at 08:56

I'm waiting to see if I've got into London but am beginning to have my doubts about training and running 3 marathons in 12 months! I may just save myself for Liverpool next October.

Sounds like they've addressed alot of the problems from this year though.

20/07/2012 at 09:42

I know what you mean acp - after London next spring might take 12 months off the marathon and do shorter races and run a bit less mileage. Finding marathon training all consuming at the moment - going to need a break from it sooner or later.

20/07/2012 at 11:02

It does become all consuming even at lower mileage! Not sure the other half can take much more!

Those of you that have run Chester before and ran Manchester in April, can you tell me if that hill (Chester) at 22/23 miles feels as bad as the underpass (Manchester) at 25 miles?!

20/07/2012 at 12:08

ACP- I ran them both last year, the underpass at Manchester was worse only because it stopped you running,with all the twisting and turning.

The Chester hill was nothing to talk about really.

Saying that there was only a minutes difference with my times, but I did run London the week before Manchester.

How does Boston, London and Manchster sound on the trot....thinking about it.

20/07/2012 at 12:40

ACP - the Manchester website explicitly says there will be no underpasses next year.


20/07/2012 at 13:30

Manchester? Not a chance next year, new route or not. Baggage hell etc etc.

I am got a GFA place for London. Might do Edinburgh though also - great place for real ale!!

20/07/2012 at 13:34

Jonah8 and Dan - thanks for the replies. I did notice that the email said no underpass and it just reminded me how bad it felt to come across it so near the end and I wondered if it was comparable to the 'hill' at Chester in terms of how your legs feel at that point in the marathon! 

20/07/2012 at 21:45

I would have given it another go, couldn't be worse could it, but in agreement with Dan couldn't bring myself to go to that awful dump to start and finish

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