I ran it the year before last as my first half and really enjoyed it. As above, it's not flat but most of the climbs are gradual rather than steep (if memory serves me right) and it's a beautiful route going through little villages. Not the biggest race out there but I really liked it. I seem to remember getting a mug as a race memento instead of a medal or t shirt which made a nice change!
Manchester Marathon had amazing support - loads of bands and choirs around the route and crowds everywhere cheering you on and handing out jelly babies etc. I have never given so many kids so many high fives before in all my life - felt like a pop star at one point there were so many people calling my name
Going to risk my first run since Manchester tonight at my club run - I was supposed to be giving myself two weeks off but the weather's nice, and I'm itching to get out again which I take to be a good sign. Just planning a gentle 5 miles ish with a couple of girls who ran Paris the same weekend. Test out the legs (plus I clearly just want an excuse to wear my Finishers t shirt and brag!)
I can't believe so many of you are out running already! My legs feel surprisingly ok but I promised myself I'd have a complete break of two weeks before I went out again so I'm going to stick to that. It took me months (literally) to recover from Rome as had major IT band and hip flexor issues and I don't want that again. I'm sure it won't be as bad this time as I ended Sunday in nowhere near as bad a state as I finished Rome and was walking again normally pretty sharpish. Don't want to risk it though. Mind you - we're off to Butlins tomorrow for a long weekend so although I won't be running, I'll be on my feet a lot!
Pete - Smiffy looked like he was keeping a really steady pace when I saw him - well done to him. Glad he enjoyed it so much,
I will admit - I am very tempted to sign up for Manchester again next year - even if it's just so my girl can finally watch me do a marathon - fingers crossed
Pete- I was running behind a guy with a Tamar Trotters t shirt on for a lot of the first half - I was going to say hello thinking it was you however he had the name Smiffy on the back so I figured it was someone different . Lost sight of him about halfway down Brooklands road (first leg).