I'm only just back online now since Wednesday evening and have quickly skimmed through the last few pages. Well done to everybody who either got a new PB or finished their first marathon.
I'm absolutely delighted as I beat my own PB by 4 minutes and finally beat my personal target of 3:45 (just). I've just been looking at the photos and in every one of me in the final stretch I'm staring at my Garmin as I was worried it was going to click over to 3:45 before I crossed the line (it didn't).
Favourite signs/ supporters were the 'touch here for more power' guy that a few have mentioned and the 'you're the slowest runner so far' guy. There was a woman in the first mile or so with a 'run like Ryan Gosling is waiting for you at the finish line with a puppy' sign which caused a lot of comments from the women around me.
I also loved the kids singing 'eye of the tiger' and 'bright side of life'
I also laughed at the guy who was shouting 'Come on. You're doing alright', which I thought was such a typical unintentional Manchester backhanded compliment (implying that you're not doing great. but you're doing alright').
I have to say that I was proud to be from Manchester this weekend. I'd brought some mates over from Ireland who all got PB's and absolutely loved the event. They've not stopped talking about the support and the general buzz around the city. We'll all be back next year.
Just finished packing my case. I've a flight out tomorrow morning, as I need to go from Ireland to Manchester via Germany (for a meeting).
Need to pack all my business stuff as well as running stuff so I'd say I've written and changed my packing list about 5 times. I also started sneezing this afternoon so am dosing myself up with paracetamol and vit C.
Did my absolutely, positively, definitely last run earlier tonight. Just a very easy 2 1/2 miles.
I'm not sure how much internet connection I'll have now until after the race so good luck everybody. I've enjoyed the mutual support of this forum, so thanks everyone.
Congrats Alan and WJH (seperately). Aren't we a virile bunch ! Surprised you've the energy (or was that before all the training) .
JJ - Don't expect it's anything. I always get little niggles as I start the taper, but rolling it is a good idea anyway. I was just going to post the link to that tram map but see you've just done it.
Caz - love the idea of the nails.
Possibly my last run tonight before the day as I'll be travelling Thursday and Friday. Eight miles done, mostly at marathon pace, but got caught up with a club mate who's hoping for 3:15 - 3:20 and did 2 miles with him at 7 mins 20 sec pace (1 min 15 sec faster than my pace). Ooops.