Looking at Spring marathon's for next year, ideally I'm after one that's in the Easter Holidays (fits easier with family etc), and on the continent. Did Paris earlier this year, Barcelona the year before and Edinburgh in 2011.
The three I'm looking at are Milan (April 6th), Vienna and Rotterdam (both April 13th). Has anyone ran any of these? Any recommendations or views to share?
I'm a bit of a sucker for a BIG city marathon (Barcelona was superb, Paris even better) but it doesn't necessarily have to be a huge field. And somewhere with a bit of life going on as well for a few days jolly after the race....!
We're coming over from York for the half, girlfriends parents live in Leicester so only a 45 minute drive over from theirs on the morning. I'm similar to Martin, chasing new PB's across the year. So far I've managed to get my times down for other distances but haven't had a crack at a half (at least in a race) yet this year;
5K - 18.33 down to 17.58
10K - 38.38 down to 37.40
Half - Current best of 1.27.42
Marathon - 3.18 down to 3.06
We're both doing the GNR this weekend so the opportunity for a PB is there, but having done the race the last four years (I know it gets slated on here but we still love it), I'm well aware of the sheer mass of people that could hamper any such hopes. Nottingham is therefore a bit of a 'Plan B'.
Does anyone know the crack regards parking? There's a downloadable 'Race Guide' on the website now (which I assume will be sent out with the race numbers) which lists three car parks and detail's how they'll be incredibly busy! Does anyone know if the streets around Victoria Embankment are permit parking? Looking at Google Maps there seems to be plenty of houses around but with the cricket & football grounds so close I wondered if restrictions were in place?
On the whole I enjoyed it yesterday as I love Manchester as a city, but 40,000 is WAY too many folk for a 10K, can only put it down to sheer greed on the organisers behalf.
I always thought the Great North Run was bad for folk bullsh*tting on their predicted time but this was something else! Usually run around 38 minutes so was in the orange wave, there were folk infront of me who were knackered immediately, walking within the first Km. As it's chip-timed I honestly don't see why they do it, all it achieves it pissing folk off. I don't quite understand the thought-process....."Well, I usually run 10K in about 70 minutes, so I reckon I'll just put 35 mins for a laugh"....?!
BUT, my own fault I guess, I knew what to expect, I'm just a sucker for these big-city events!
On the plus side, both the organisation and atmosphere were superb, and Manchester has some cracking boozers, couldn't beat a bellyful of ale in the sunshine afterwards!