Just been reading this thread as I have not been on since I signed up. If the friendliness of this forum is anything to go on, it will be a fantastic race and I am really looking forward to it. Hoiping to break that 2 hour barrier.
Personally I don't mind about goodie bags as long as there is a drink of water at the end, and a friendly atmosphere.
Just spent all morning reading this thread and it is full of good advice and nice and friendly so would like to join in. I have managed to get in the VLM via the running club ballot so very excited.
My last marathons have been 4:32, 4:34 and 4:36 following Runners World sub 4:30 plan (so going backwards). I would really love to run 4:15 but not been able to find a schedule for this time. Reading the last few comments I now believe this can be achievable as long as I get my act in gear and will be running the Central Lancs half on 02/01/12 to get me motivated.
Good luck to those running Manchester, I will be on one of the water stations.