Wow - there are quite a few of us from this year's thread that look like we're coming back for another bite at it! I was toying for ages between doing Manchester again in 2015 - this time with the family fingers crossed (as my daughter got badly ill the day before this year's race so I ended up having to come up by myself and feeling like a terrible mother for the weekend), or going for the Seville Marathon.
Very tempted by Seville as it's similarly flat but obviously more exotic! Only problem is it's much earlier - February - and I have so much going on at the end of this year as my sister is getting married up in Manchester and I'm Maid of Honour so what with dress fittings, hen weekends and the event itself (and although I grew up in Altrincham, I'm now based on Poole so not local!), I don't think I'd feasibly be able to fit the mileage in that I'd need to in November/December.
So have plumped for Manchester again this year so I can start the formal training schedule in December after the wedding of the year is done with and might do Seville in 2016 instead.
I wonder who else will join the thread fro last year - I ran the last few miles through Carrington and Urmston with ExEggchaser and he well and truly got me through that section.
A lot of people (myself included) stayed at the Travelodge in Altrincham. It's about £21 per night for a family room and you can get the Metro into Old Trafford from there. That's right on the halfway mark too so great for family/friends who can wait for you there to cheer you on at the halfway mark and then hop on the tram to the finish line. I'll most likely be doing that again next year.
Considering my options for next year's marathon and I am extremely tempted by Seville - it claims to be the flattest in Europe (although I am pretty sure Berlin also make the same claim!) and as it's in February it shouldn't be too hot. I've never been to the city before but it looks pretty gorgeous and (if they keep to the same weekend as it looks like it usually is) it should fall on the last weekend of my daughter's school's February half term so timing-wise is great as can go out a few days early and have a sight-seeing mooch.
Just wondered if anyone else had done this one and had any thought/experiences as to what it was like etc. I believe it ends with half a lap of the track in the Olympic stadium? Also does anyone know when the entries open as it's not obvious from the website?
The organisers sent me a profile on twitter - it looks pretty much as I thought - hilly (for my anyway!) but looks like a beautiful course and I'd had good reviews from others I've mentioned it to so I entered last weekend. Will treat it as a lovely training run in the countryside instead of targeting a time and just enjoy it.